Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, announced their acquisition of US rights to 2012 Toronto International Film Festival favorite and Fantastic Fest Audience Award winner I Declare War, directed by Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson.
Produced by Lewin Webb, Robert Wilson and Patrick Cameron from SamaritanEntertainment, the film centers on an epic game of capture-the-flag. In their quest for victory, a group of adolescents pushes beyond the game and the boundaries of friendship into an adventure where fantasy blurs with reality. A VOD and theatrical campaign is planned for the second half of 2013.
Directors Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson set out to construct an action film from the darker side of a 13-year-old's mindset, while also examining sincere conflicts of enduring friendship. Using the kids' overactive imaginations, a neighborhood forest setting becomes a full-fledged woodland battlefield: sticks transform into guns, water balloons into grenades and eyeballs can shoot lasers.
Drafthouse Films CEO/Founder Tim League made the following statement.
"Not since Stand By Me have we experienced such a poignant and sincere film about kids for adults. Armed with an arsenal of extremely talented child actors and combining shades of Full Metal Jacket and Lord of the Flies, Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson have created a one-of-a-kind action film that we couldn't be more excited to handle in the US."
Producer Lewin Webb noted.
"We are thrilled that Drafthouse Films have picked up I Declare War and a wide US audience is going to have the opportunity to see it. We are proud to be part of the Drafthouse Family of films."
Director Robert Wilson had this to say.
"Drafthouse Films is our ideal partner for I Declare War in the US. From Fantastic Fest on, they have been a huge supporter. Drafthouse are the most progressive of US based distributors and we know that they will deliver the widest and best audience for the film."