SXSW Thriller ‘The Invitation’ Bought by Drafthouse

The Invitation Review
Courtesy of Gamechanger Films

Drafthouse Films has bought worldwide rights to Karyn Kusama’s thriller “The Invitation,” which opened the Midnight section of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, for low seven figures.

“The Invitation” is written and produced by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Other producers are Martha Griffin along with Nick Spicer of XYZ Films. The movie is financed by Gamechanger Films in association with Lege Artis, with Mynette Louie overseeing for Gamechanger and Anthony Mancilla overseeing for Lege Artis.

Logan Marshall-Green (“Prometheus”) stars as a haunted man attending a dinner party at the house he once called home, when he becomes gripped with paranoia that his ex-wife and her new husband are harboring an insidious agenda. Tammy Blanchard, Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”), Emayatzy Corinealdi and John Carroll Lynch also star.

Variety‘s Justin Chang gave the film a strong review, calling it “teasingly effective.”

Kusama’s other credits include “Girlfight,” “Aeon Flux” and “Jennifer’s Body.”

The deal was negotiated by ICM Partners and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers, and James Emanuel Shapiro from Drafthouse Films.

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