Indie production outfit Blue Rider Pictures is galloping toward a regular horror/sci-fi cottage industry.The company announced Wednesday completion of “Night of the Demons 2,” which is being rolled out by partner Republic Pictures, and production of the Trimark suspenser “Evolver,” which begins shooting Jan. 15. “Evolver,” which is being made with first-time involvement from the Trimark Interactive division, is a thriller about a video whiz kid. It’s being written and helmed by Mark Rosman, and stars Ethan Randall, star of Universal/Amblin’s adventure “A Far Off Place”; Cindy Pickett from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”; and John DeLancie. Written by Joe Augustyn, “Demons” is a teen comedy in which foolish high school students ignore warnings against spending Halloween night in an abandoned building. Helmed by Brian Trenchard-Smith, the “Demons” cast includes Zoe Trilling, Merle Kennedy, Darin Heames (of Renny Harlin’s upcoming “The Foot Shooting Party”), and Rick Peterson. Despite production budgets that generally run in the $ 3-4 million range, Blue Rider hired special effects vet Steve Johnson, whose credits include “Ghostbusters,” and who was a member of the Oscar-winning F/X team on “The Abyss.” Blue Rider, which was founded in 1991 by partners Walter Josten, Henry Seggerman and Jeff Geoffray, is also in post-production on the thriller “The Paper Boy,” which is produced with the Image Organization, Academy Entertainment and Allegro Films. The David Peckinpah-penned, Doug Jackson-helmed film completed shooting on Aug. 26, and will be delivered in January. It stars “Baywatch’s” Alexandra Paul and William Katt. An early coup for Blue Rider was “Witchboard 2,” which was platformed without major studio backing and grossed $ 10 million theatrically. It shipped 92,000 vid copies and was nominated for best picture at the Avoriaz, France, Fantasy Fest.
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