Collective/Salient closes ‘Phase 7’

M-Appeal sells North American rights to horror-comedy

L.A.-based The Collective has taken all North American rights to Argentine helmer-scribe Nicolas Goldbart’s apocalypse horror-comedy “Phase 7,” sold worldwide by Berlin’s M-Appeal.

“Phase 7” will slot into the new U.S. genre distribution venture announced this month by AMC Theaters, The Collective and horror website bloody-disgusting.com.

Under the deal, AMC cinemas will choose a new horror title each month and screen it at least twice a week in 32 major Stateside markets.

Films will then be made available on VOD and also on DVD via Collective’s homevideo distrib partnership with Vivendi Universal.

“‘Phase 7’ fits very well into the new venture’s lineup of foreign-language films with something extra,” said M-Appeal managing director Maren Kroymann. The deal’s strong focus on theatrical and Bloody Disgusting’s backing will be a good example for other key markets.”

Goldbart’s directorial debut, “Phase 7” stars Daniel Hendler (“Lost Embrace”) as a man trying to shield his pregnant wife from the news that an epidemic has wiped out most of the population of Buenos Aires.

Produced by Buenos Aires’ Aeroplano, “Phase 7” won a screenplay award at Spain’s Sitges festival in October and screened this month at South by Southwest.

Argentina has made horror films before. But few have enjoyed the domestic commercial release of “Phase 7.” Argentine distrib Energia Entusiasta bowed “Phase 7” March 3 on 32 screens in Buenos Aires, taking the 12th overall spot at the box office against heavyweights “Rango” and “The King’s Speech.”

Headed by CEO Michael Green, The Collective is a Beverly Hills production and entertainment management entity.