SXSW: Lionsgate Acquires Rights to Bigfoot Found Footage Pic ‘Exists’

'Exists' directed by Eduard Sanchez

Hot on the tracks of Saturday’s midnight premiere at SXSW, Lionsgate has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Bigfoot found footage pic “Exists.” International Film Trust will rep international sales.

The horror film from “Blair Witch Project” director Eduardo Sánchez and screenwriter Jamie Nash marks Bigfoot’s return to the big screen. The movie, starring Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge and Roger Edwards, follows a familiar formula, but adopts a new spin on the Sasquatch myth.

It follows a group of five friends as they struggle to fight off the fabled predator during a camping trip in the remote Texas woods. Viewers took to Twitter following the early morning sold-out screening to write about how petrifying they found the pic.

“Exists” is produced by Jane Fleming, Mark Ordesky, Robin Cowie and J. Andrew Jenkins, and exec produced by George Waud, D. Todd Shepherd, Gregg Hale and Reed Frerichs.

“It is especially gratifying to sell the film at SXSW in Austin so close to Bastrop, Texas where we shot EXISTS with an amazing Texas-based cast and crew,” Fleming and Ordesky, who developed and produced the film with Haxan Films through their production company Court Five, said in a press release.

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  1. Bobcat was definitely inspired during that time.

  2. Andrew says:

    So Bobcat Goldthwait was inspired by The Blair Witch Project when he made Willow Creek – clearly. Now the Blair Witch people are “inspired” by Bobcat?

  3. JackExcrement says:

    a found-footage film? there are so few of those, thank goodness we have another one coming. those who claim they are a crutch for lacking skill and talent are just haters. found-footage is the bestest and most goodest genre in the world. i could watch them all day. sometimes i do. at the trailer park. in my shorts. with beer.

    GO FOUND FOOTAGE!

  4. J.E. Vizzusi says:

    ‘Best of luck to the crew at HAXAN! For anyone interested “HAXAN” is also the title of very odd, spiritual and mysterious and wonderful Silent Film made in the 1920’s. I know its a long way from watching “In Search Of” on TV and the huge success of BWP, hopefully their new film will have the same results! Looking forward to a screening at The Enzian soon I hope.

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