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Good Machine goes genre with ‘Chucky’

Distrib nabs int'l rights to U horror pic

VENICE — Good Machine Intl. has taken a big step into the genre business by picking up international rights to the Universal Pictures thriller “Bride of Chucky,” the latest entry in the “Child’s Play” franchise.

“Bride,” which U will release Stateside this fall, is directed by Hong Kong’s Ronnie Yu, and stars Jennifer Tilly opposite the killer doll Chucky, voiced again by Brad Dourif.

The acquisition of the $25 million pic marks a significant departure by the year-old Good Machine Intl., best known for the sophisticated upscale fare from its twin suppliers, Good Machine Inc. and October Films.

The other big titles on its current slate include Ang Lee’s Civil War drama “Ride With the Devil” from Good Machine, along with Albert Brooks’ romantic comedy “The Muse” and Anjelica Huston’s “The Mammy” from October. But the success of such films as “Scream” and “I Know What You Did Last Summer” in the international marketplace has prompted GMI to enter the blood-curdling genre.

“These films have revived a genre and created a business that’s making money for independent distributors internationally,” said David Linde, president of GMI. “In the past year, both Good Machine and October have been paying a great deal of attention to what’s going on in the marketplace.”

GMI’s initial interest in “Bride of Chucky” was triggered by the involvement of Yu, whose “Bride With the White Hair” is something of a cult with Good Machine partners Ted Hope and James Schamus.

The “Bride” deal adds another dimension to the relationship between GMI, its parent Good Machine Inc. and Universal. Good Machine Inc. recently signed a first-look deal with U. ” ‘Bride of Chucky’ is another chapter in a marriage that is proving to be just as thrilling as Chucky’s own,” Schamus said.

In a separate development, GMI is looking to broaden its slate by becoming more involved in international co-production and acquisitions.

Director of sales Amy Kaufman has added acquisitions to her brief, and will work closely with Anne Carey, VP of development at Good Machine Inc., to find either projects or completed pics from foreign sources.

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