Ascot nabs ‘Grabbers’

Distrib also takes Jerzy Skolimowski's 'Essential Killing'

BERLIN — Ascot Elite has grabbed all German-language rights to Jon Wright’s Irish sea monster horror-comedy “Grabbers,” as well as Jerzy Skolimowski’s Venice screener “Essential Killing.”

Grabbers,” starring Richard Coyle (“W.E”) and Russell Tovey (“Being Human”), centers on an idyllic Irish fishing village that is invaded by enormous tentacled creatures from the sea, which begin picking off villagers one at a time. The inhabitants soon discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive since the monsters don’t like alcohol.

Penned by Kevin Lehane, “Grabbers” is produced by London-based Forward Films, Dublin’s Samson Films, Los Angeles-based High Treason Prods., the Salt Co. and U.K. commissioning producer Bear Rock Films.

The film is in production in Donegal, Ireland, following initial lensing in Belfast.

Salt is handling international sales.

Deal follows the film’s acquisition by Sony Pictures Home Ent. for the U.K.

Ascot has also picked up Hanway’s “Essential Killing,” starring Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner.

The film premiered last year in Venice, where it won the special jury prize as well as best actor for Gallo’s wordless performance as a Muslim insurgent on the run.

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