Lionsgate has picked up the film Burst 3D, which is set to be directed by Neil Marshall. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are producing the film under their Ghost House banner. Here is the official press release:
Lionsgate announced today that it has acquired worldwide distribution rights to Burst 3D, a horror/thriller to be produced by Ghost House Pictures. Neil Marshall, who wrote and directed Lionsgate's 2006 horror success The Descent, will direct.
Ghost House partners Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert will produce and Nathan Kahane will executive produce. Tendo Nagenda and J.R. Young will oversee the project for Ghost House. The screenplay is written by Gary Dauberman.
Burst 3D follows a group of stranded travelers who meet during a blizzard and are stalked by a malevolent force that makes people spontaneously combust. The announcement was jointly made today by Joe Drake, Lionsgate Co-Chief Operating Officer and Motion Picture Group President, Mike Paseornek, Lionsgate President of Motion Picture Production, and Ghost House's Tapert and Kahane.
The collaboration between Lionsgate and Ghost House reflects the strength of longstanding professional and creative relationships within the two entities. Lionsgate's Drake was an original founder with Raimi, Tapert and Kahane of Ghost House, and Burst 3D marks the first Ghost House production to be distributed through Lionsgate since Drake assumed his present post in 2007.
The deal also represents Lionsgate's ongoing leadership in the 3D arena. The studio was the first to apply next-generation 3D technology to the horror genre with its critical and box office success My Bloody Valentine 3-D, released January 16th of this year.
Said Paseornek, "We are thrilled to be working again with Neil Marshall, a modern master of horror, suspense and action. With Neil at the helm of Burst 3D, horror fans are guaranteed one of the most terrifying and innovative experiences of their moviegoing lives."
Said Tapert, "Mike Paseornek and the Lionsgate team are leaders in the horror space. This, along with the opportunity to work closely with Joe again, were motivating factors in our desire to partner with Lionsgate on Burst 3D. We hope to continue the partnership with Lionsgate on other projects like this."
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Wendy Jaffe, Executive Vice President Business & Legal Affairs, Acquisitions and Co-Productions; and by attorney Craig Jacobson on behalf of Ghost House. The director deal was made by Rob McEntegart for Ghost House and by Marc Helwig of Paradigm and attorney Carlos Goodman for the director. Sam Raimi is represented by CAA. Neil Marshall is represented by Marc Helwig of Paradigm. Gary Dauberman is represented by International Creative Management and managed by Circle of Confusion.