Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O'Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory's founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film, Fortress Features founders Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti, and Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions founder Brandon Evans. In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Here's what Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.
"Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the twisted sensibility of a cult favorite. It's right at home here, and we plan to take good care of it across all distribution channels."
Bloodsucking Bastards stars Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as an overworked office worker whose telemarketing company is slowly taken over by vampires led by his longtime nemesis (Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones). Described as Office Space meets Shaun of the Dead, Bloodsucking Bastards also stars Emma Fitzpatrick (The Collection), Joey Kern (Cabin Fever), Yvette Yates (Inherent Vice), and Joel Murray (Mad Men), as well as Dr. God members Justin Ware, Neil Garguilo, David Park, and Sean Cowhig.
The film made its World Premiere as the opening night feature for the Slamdance Film Festival on January 23rd, where it received rave reviews, and followed its debut with a well-attended Slamdance opening night party presented by Social House and the video game Zombeer, with the cast and crew in attendance. Here's what producer Patrick Rizzotti of Fortress Features had to say in a statement.
"We are very grateful to Slamdance for picking our movie to kick start this year's festival and we couldn't be more excited about teaming up with Shout! Factory. Shout! represents some of the most respected titles in the genre world and we have no doubt they will do a killer job releasing Bloodsucking Bastards to the masses."
Bloodsucking Bastards was developed by Fortress Features and Maybe This Year (MTY) Productions in partnership with Dr. God and director O'Connell. The film was written by Dr. God and Ryan Mitts, financed by Fortress and MTY, and produced by Fortress' Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti (The Collector and The Collection), MTY's Brandon Evans and Colleen Hard, and Dr. God's Justin Ware. Here's what Justin Ware had to say in a statement.
"We had an incredible time making this movie, and we can't wait for Shout! Factory to unleash it on audiences everywhere. They know the genre inside and out, they completely get the film, and they're as excited as we are. We couldn't ask for a better partner."
For more information about the movie, please visit BloodsuckingBastards.com or the movie's Facebook and Twitter pages. The deal was brokered on behalf of the producers by Movie Package Co's Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield, David Albert Pierce of Pierce Law Group, LLP and Shout! Factory's Jordan Fields. Take a look at the first trailer below for Bloodsucking Bastards.