Arclight launches fantasy, horror label

Supernatural thriller 'Last Sign' first pic on slate

Arclight Films is taking a walk on the darcside.

The Aussie-based producer and foreign sales firm has created a label, Darclight, specializing in action, fantasy and horror fare. Darclight is looking to fund, produce, distribute and finance up to five films a year.

Signaling a further diversification for the 1-year-old company, Arclight will this fall launch a classics division to handle foreign-lingo fare.

First up is “The Last Sign,” a supernatural thriller directed by Douglas Law, starring Andie MacDowell, Bruce Greenwood and Samuel Le Bihan. It’s the saga of a woman trying to come to terms with the death of her alcoholic husband. In pre-production, it’s a U.K./French/Canadian co-prod.

Also under the Darclight banner is “Deck Dogz,” an Oz skateboarding actioner that marks the feature debut of helmer-writer Steve Pasvolsky, whose short film was an Oscar nominee this year.

That will be followed by “Possession,” a contempo “Don’t Look Now,” which rolls in October, directed by Peter Flinth.

Another title in the pipeline is “Perfect Creatures” from Kiwi helmer Glenn Standling, produced by Tim Sanders (“The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring,” “Whale Rider”), Russell Fischer and Haneet Vaswani (“Bend It Like Beckham”).

Spice Factory partners Michael Cowan and Jason Piette, who own a piece of Arclight, will oversee Darclight’s productions.

Cowan says Arclight’s slate is growing so fast the firm needs to differentiate its offerings by adopting brands such as Darclight and the upcoming classics division.

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