Rob Zombie to shoot ‘Salem’ in the Spring

Octane to shop thriller at the Berlin Film Festival

Rob Zombie is set to helm “The Lords of Salem,” which he also penned, this spring — repping the third film from the Haunted Movies banner, a partnership of Alliance Films and “Paranormal Activity” producers Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider.

The companies have a multiple picture deal whereby Alliance Films is fully financing the pics and retaining distribution in its territories, the U.K. (via Momentum), Canada (via Alliance) and Spain (via Aurum).

Octane, the genre arm of IM Global, will be handling international sales for the banner and will shop the pic to buyers in Berlin. It will also unveil the first images of Barry Levinson’s “The Bay,” the second Haunted Movies pic, at the market in Berlin next week.

Octane also handled international sales for James Wan’s “Insidious,” the first pic from the banner, which made its debut at Toronto in September, where it was picked up by Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisition Group.

Pic will be released wide in the United States on April 1 through FilmDistrict.

Xavier Marchand, prexy of worldwide distribution at Alliance Films said: “We are elated to work with masters of the genre such James and Rob and are equally delighted to have an Oscar winning director of the calibre of Barry Levinson bring his fresh take on this genre.”

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