Gaul mini-major hopes to spook auds again

Wild Bunch nabs French distrib rights to 'Insidious'

PARIS — Rolling off the success of “Paranormal Activity” in Gaul, Paris-based mini-major Wild Bunch has taken French distrib rights to low-budget horror film “Insidious” from “Saw” creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell.

“Insidious” is the first of a five-picture deal inked between the team behind “Paranormal” — Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider — and Canadian distrib Alliance Films. Alliance will release “Insidious” in Canada, the U.K. and Spain.

“We’ve been an unwavering backer of genre fare, from horror films to sci-fi and comicbook-based titles, even if French audiences have been slow to embrace it,” said Wild Bunch Distribution’s topper Jean Philippe Tirel.

The company released two French horror pics in 2008 — Pascal Laugier’s “Martyrs” and Belgian writer-helmer Fabrice du Welz’s “Vinyan” — but both bombed at the box office.

“Paranormal” is Wild Bunch’s most recent hit, taking $8.8 million in France. Outfit is currently co-producing the sequel to comicbook-based “Largo Winch.”

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