New partnership sells 'Cooties,' 'Smiley,' 'Due Process'
Four-month-old Synchronicity Entertainment is launching a debut slate of a trio of genre films — horror film “Cooties,” from Leigh Whannell and Steven Schneider; the thriller “Due Process” starring John Cusack and the completed psychological thriller “Smiley.”Synchronicity label was unveiled in July as a partnership between the Solution Entertainment Group and Siren Studios that also covered physical production and post production services with Ruzanna Kegeyan coming on board as president of international distribution. “Cooties,” starring Elijah Wood, is produced by “Paranormal Activity” producer Schneider. Ace Norton is directing the film, which begins when a mysterious virus hits an isolated elementary school, transforming the children into a feral swarm of savages. “Due Process” is produced by Mark Holder, Christine Holder and Mark Williams of Zero Gravity Management with shooting starting in January. Paul Currie is directing from a script by Anthony Derrico, which centers on two big city bankers who head to a farm to foreclose it. The Solution assisted in arranging the financing with Wilson and Nestel also attached as executive producers. Post-production on “Cooties” and “Due Process” will take place at Siren Studios. “Smiley” stars Caitlin Gerard, Keith David and Roger Bart with Michael Gallagher directing from a script he co-wrote with Glasgow Phillips. “Smiley” is produced by Michael Wormser and exec produced by Cindy Cowan, Cynthia Shelton Droke, Gallagher and Phillips. Pic centers on a mentally fragile teen who must decide whether she is going insane or will be the next victim after she discovers an urban legend of a demented serial killer, who has nothing but a carved “smiley” on his face. Film also co-stars Shane Dawson, Toby Turner and DeStorm Power and the trailer has over 19 million views. “Our debut slate represents some of the most successful and talented filmmakers making genre films today and the very best in up and coming talent,” said Kegeyan and Nestel. Wood is repped by WME, Joanne Colonna at Brillstein Partners and lawyer Neil Meyer. Synchronicity will introduce the films to buyers at the American Film Market.