Searchlight Pictures is close to a major $12 million worldwide distribution deal for “The Ritual” director David Bruckner’s supernatural thriller “The Night House” following strong reviews at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The first major sale of the fest, Rebecca Hall stars as widow Beth, a woman reeling from shock over her husband’s sudden death in the pair’s lakeside home.
A series of disturbing dreams become increasingly real, as Beth unearths a ghostly presence in her home that vanishes during the day. An ongoing investigation through the house (and their marriage) turns up strange secrets and a mystery she must solve.
Searchlight has had mixed success with Sundance acquisitions – “Brooklyn” proved a surprise hit in 2015, but 2016’s “The Birth of a Nation” was sunk by controversy and 2017’s “Patti Cake$” bombed badly with a less than $1 million gross States-side.
Also at Sundance today, Amazon Studios has acquired North American rights to Phyllida Lloyd’s inspirational drama “Herself” with plans for a theatrical run later this year. That film follows a single-mother escaping her abusive partner with her two young children, only to find herself trapped in temporary accommodations and needing her friends help to rebuild their lives.