Magnet Releasing has acquired North American distribution rights to the acclaimed comedy/horror film Milo. Written and directed by Jacob Vaughan and starring Ken Marino & Gillian Jacobs, Milo premiered last weekend at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. Blending the gory elements of a classic critter film (à la Gremlins) with the lighthearted comedy of an unlikely friendship (reminiscent of Ted), Milo was one of the most talked about and unique films of the festival.
The sale for Milo was completed late Friday night, making it the last deal to close during this year's SXSW.
Duncan's (Ken Marino) life is a real pain in the ass. Tormented by manipulative, crooked boss (Patrick Warburton), a nagging mother (Mary Kay Place), a deadbeat new age dad (Stephen Root), and a sweet, yet pressuring, wife (Gillian Jacobs), his mounting stress starts to trigger an insufferable gastrointestinal reaction. Out of ideas and at the end of his rope, Duncan seeks the help of a hypnotherapist (Peter Stormare), who helps him discover the root of his unusual stomach pain: a pintsized demon living in his intestine that, triggered by excessive anxiety, forces its way out and slaughters the people who haveangered him. Out of fear that his intestinal gremlin may target its wrath on the wrong person, Duncan attempts to befriend it, naming it Milo and indulging it to keep its seemingly insatiable appetite at bay.
Milo features notable puppetry by Frank Langley and Bob Mano.
Milo was produced by Adele Romanski with New Artists Alliance's Gabriel Cowan and John Suits. Executive producers include Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass, John Norris, Kerry Johnson, Dallas Sonnier, Jack Heller and Floren Shieh Productions' Clay Floren and Aimee Shieh.
Here's what Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said in a brief statement.
"Just like Ken Marino, our stomachs were hurting watching Milo, happily because of laughter rather than an intestinal demon. Milo is a rare entry in the horror-comedy genre that truly delivers."
Director Jacob Vaughan also released the following statement.
"Magnet is the perfect home for Milo. The company is second-to-none in releasing quality genre movies and their passion for Milo is overwhelming. I'm confident they will do an incredible job positioning the film in the marketplace and getting it seen by audiences everywhere."