Anchor Bay acquires Ratner-produced pic

Darren Lynn Bousman directs remake of the original 'Mother's Day'

Brett Ratner may be out as Oscar producer, but he’s still making deals: Anchor Bay Films has acquired the horror film “Mother’s Day,” which Ratner and Richard Saperstein produced with Jay Stern, Brian Witten, Jessie Rusu, Curtis Leopardo and Shara Kay.

Darren Lynn Bousman directs what Anchor Bay describes as a loose remake of the original Troma film of the same name directed by Charles Kaufman. Rebecca DeMornay, Jaime King, Deborah Ann Woll and Shawn Ashmore star.

Anchor Bay made the announcement Wednesday, the final day of the American Film Market — and a day after Ratner exited as producer of the Academy Awards over the use of an anti-gay slur during a screening of “Tower Heist” last week.

“Mother’s Day” centers on a bank robbery gone wrong with three brothers heading for home, only to discover that their mother lost the house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their guests, gathered for an ill-timed birthday party, become the brothers’ unwitting hostages.

Deal was negotiated by Josh Thomashow and Kevin Kasha for Anchor Bay Films and Ben Weiss from Paradigm for the film.

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