Newly launched Sony label Stage 6 Films has signed on to distribute the Butcher Brothers' re-imagination of the 1986 horror classic April Fool's Day, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film is currently shooting in North Carolina.
The new April Fool's Day revolves around a party given by two uber rich siblings, played by Taylor Cole (Supernatural) and Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives), for their friend (Scout Taylor-Compton of Halloween). Tragedy strikes when a friend falls over a balcony and dies. One by one, each partygoer is found dead.
The Butcher Brothers team of Mitch Altieri and Phil Flores are directing. The duo, whose credits include last year's "The Hamiltons," also wrote the screenplay with Mikey Wigart.
The film is the latest addition to the new studio, which operates under the umbrella of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.
Stage 6 plans to distribute 10-15 films per year with budgets of $10 million or less. Whether the films will be released theatrically or straight to DVD is not decided beforehand.
Altieri said the new version, like the original, has some comedic moments and plays out a lot like the 1986 Fred Walton film with more of a "twisting and turning story". He said "There's some really good scares in there."