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IFC Midnight acquires ‘Maniac’

Elijah Wood stars in Franck Khalfoun's horror pic

IFC Midnight has acquired all North American rights to director Franck Khalfoun’s thriller “Maniac,” which stars Elijah Wood as a serial killer. Pic premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Written by Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur, “Maniac” is a reboot of director William Lustig’s 1980 cult pic of the same name.

Wood stars as the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store whose life changes when a young female artist appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and his obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed his long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.

Thomas Langmann, Aja, Levasseur and Lustig produced the “Maniac” reboot, while Antoine de Cazotte, Daniel Delume, Andrew W. Garroni, Pavlina Hatoupis and Alix Taylor exec produced.

“Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja have reteamed and are joined by Elijah Wood for a deeply disturbing remake of William Lustig’s classic that will delight genre fans,” said Jonathan Sehring, prexy of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “We can’t wait to bring this to audiences and look forward to working with La Petite Reine and Studio 37, who guided this film into the world.”

Deal was negotiated for Sundance Selects/IFC Films by Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman, with CAA and Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

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