Having played numerous North American festivals and taken its share of plaudits, most recently at Mile High, Housebound opened in the US over the weekend. It also now has a deal north of the 49th.
The film has already played four Canadian festivals (Fantasia, Saskatoon Fantastic FF, Vancouver IFF and Toronto After Dark). EP Ant Timpson has worked hard for Housebound in the US and Canada, making a number of introductions to contacts he’s built over years of working the genre circuit there. Anchor Bay and Raven Banner Entertainment have taken Canadian rights to Gerard Johnstone’s Housebound, with the intention of letting it loose next year.
Raven Banner also has Canadian rights for another feature on which Timpson is a producer, the NZ-Canada co-production Turbo Kid, developed from an entry into the Timpson-originated ABCs of Death “T is for …” competition.
The Canadian distributor also took the sales rights to Dark Hollow, Paul Campion`s follow-up to The Devil’s Rock, following its presentation at Canada’s Fantasia Film Festival Co-production Market in 2012, and was earlier this year in discussions for Campion’s Kill Whitey, an adaptation of another novel from the author of Dark Hollow, Brian Keene. Both projects are still advancing, although Campion is presently busy in London on other work.
Housebound’s US distribution deal is via XLrator Media, via a deal announced in May. That deal was negotiated on behalf of Housebound by another US distributor, XYZ Films, who is handling the US distribution for Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands.
The Housebound deal is for limited theatrical release and for VOD. Earlier today Elijah Woods lent a hand to the VOD release, tweeting
@HouseboundMovie is now on iTunes! You know what to do.
— Elijah Wood (@woodelijah) October 19, 2014