Commercials helmer tackles French horror remake

StudioCanal will produce 'Them' with Nostromo Pictures

Studiocanal has tapped commercials helmer David Alcalde to direct “Them,” its English-lingo remake of the 2006 French horror film “Ils.”

Original concerned a young couple living in an isolated home who are terrorized by hooded assailants over the course of one terrifying night.

Adrian Guerra’s Barcelona-based banner Nostromo Pictures is producing the remake. Guerra, who specializes in genre films, recently produced Rodrigo Cortes’ Sundance hit “Buried” and the helmer’s upcoming thriller “Red Lights,” which stars Robert De Niro and Sigourney Weaver. Currently in post, “Red Lights” is being sold by L.A.-based Parlay Films.

Studiocanal co-produced “Ils” with Paris-based company Eskwad and handled international sales.

Written and directed by French helmers David Moreau and Xavier Palud, “Ils” had limited box office success in Gaul when initially released but went on to enjoy robust business internationally — Studiocanal sold it to most key territories, including the U.S. and the U.K.Under chairman Olivier Courson, StudioCanal has a policy of both fully and co-financing films, taking distribution for France, Germany and the U.K., as well as international sales rights.

One of the most respected commercials directors working out of both Spain and Mexico, Alcalde has more than 200 spots to his credit. His short film “Happy Birthday to You” won Screamfest in 2006 and was well received at the San Sebastian and Slamdance Film Festivals. Helmer was previously attached to direct Gold Circle Films’ remake of the Spanish horror film “Who Can Kill a Child?”He is repped by Paradigm and William Lowery of Generate.

(Diana Lodderhose contributed to this report.)