Lions Gate on Fantastic voyage

'Rottweiler,' 'Nun,' 'Romasanta' part of the pact

Lions Gate Entertainment has taken North American rights to all four of the newest pics from Spain’s Fantastic Factory, the horror label of Barcelona-based mini-major Filmax.

The pics are the Brian Yuzna-directed “Rottweiler,” in which a man is hounded by a psycho megamutt; “The Nun,” about a (literally) born-again bride of Christ; ghost tale “Beneath Still Waters;” and “Romasanta,” based on a case of alleged lycanthropy in 19th century Spain, with Paco Plaza (“Second Name”) attached to direct.

“Romasanta” will roll in June, “Rottweiler” in August, “Nun” in February and “Beneath Still Waters” next spring.

The deal marks a repeat for Lions Gate, which took North America on the first four Fantastic Factory pics at Mifed in 2000: the Yuzna-directed “Faust” and “Beyond Re-Animator,” Jack Sholder’s “Arachnid” and Stuart Gordon’s “Dagon.”

The four-pic deal was negotiated by Filmax senior veep of sales and co-production Antonia Nava and Peter Block, president of acquisitions, home entertainment and new media.

“In Filmax’s Fantastic Factory, Lions Gate has found a sister company. Filmax really understands the horror genre and the needs of their clients,” Block says.

“We are thrilled to have made a deal with Lions Gate which renews our relationship with four more pics. Both our companies have found a common ground in the type of movies we want to make and dealing with Peter Block is a real pleasure,” adds Antonia Nava, Filmax senior veep, sales and co-production.

The Fantastic Factory was created in 1999 by Filmax chairman Julio Fernandez and director-producer Brian Yuzna (“The Dentist”).

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