Dimension Films announced today that they have acquired U.S. distribution rights to the supernatural thriller Dark Skies, written and directed by Scott Stewart (Priest, Legion). Jason Blum will produce through his Blumhouse Productions (Insidious, Paranormal Activity) alongside Alliance Films who will fully finance the picture. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones and Alliance Films' Charles Layton will executive produce. Alliance Films will distribute in Canada, in the UK (via its Momentum Pictures subsidiary) and in Spain (via Aurum). Octane, IM Global's genre label, will launch international sales in Cannes.

"Jason has done a masterful job over the past several years of breaking new ground and creating huge commercial successes in the supernatural and horror genres," said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. "We are confident that Dark Skies will continue that success."

The film is scheduled to go into production this summer with the logline currently being kept under wraps.

The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by Andrew Kramer, President of Business and Legal Affairs, and by Charles Layton, President of Alliance Films. Stewart is represented by Jason Spitz at WME and Jeff Okin at Anonymous Content.