French distrib picks up Blum thriller

PARIS — After hitting box office gold with “Paranormal Activity” and “Insidious,” Gaul’s Wild Bunch Distribution has acquired the latest Jason Blum production, helmer Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister.”

” ‘Sinister’ will find an audience in France because it’s in the same vein as ‘Paranormal’ and ‘Insidious’ but with a better-known cast that includes Ethan Hawke in the lead role,” said Jean Philippe Tirel, managing director of Wild Bunch Distribution.

Repped by IM Global, pic was picked up by Summit Entertainment for domestic distribution earlier this month.

Penned by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, pic turns on a journalist who discovers film footage revealing why a family was murdered in the house he’s just moved into.

“Sinister” is produced by Blum’s Blumhouse banner and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones’ Automatik Entertainment. Production is expected to begin next month.

Wild Bunch Distribution rolled out “Paranormal Activity,” which grossed €6.52 million ($9.39 million) in France, and “Insidious,” which took $4.12 million.

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