Indie stalwart Mark Webber (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) is in talks to star in “Angry Little God,” a psychological thriller from director Daniel Stamm (“The Last Exorcism”) that Dimension Films has just acquired for U.S. distribution.
IM Global will finance and produce the film, an English-language remake of the Thai thriller “13: Game of Death.” Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik will also produce with Kiki Miyake, while Blumhouse principal Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity”) exec produces with Somsak Techaratanaprasert.
Stamm and his writing partner David Birke adapted the script from the original film. Webber has an offer to play an engaged man who is desperate to solve his financial problems prior to his wedding. He receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera gameshow where he can win over $6 million if he executes 13 tasks. He accepts the challenge, but even with thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, he quickly realizes he’s in over his head. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, his need to finish the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme.
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“I was blown away by Daniel Stamm’s direction in ‘The Last Exorcism’ and have wanted to work with him ever since,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of the Weinstein Co.
“Dimension is the perfect distributor for this kind of edgy genre material in the hands of a proven talent like Daniel,” added IM Global CEO Stuart Ford.
The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by TWC COO David Glasser and on behalf of the film by IM Global’s Ford and sales prexy Jonathan Deckter.
Webber has had a busy year, most recently working with Blum on Kevin Greutert’s thriller “Jessabelle.” Thesp appeared in three pics at Sundance: Michael Mohan’s “Save the Date,” Focus’ upcoming release “For a Good Time, Call…” and “The End of Love,” the last of which Webber wrote, produced, directed and stars in alongside his young son, Isaac Love. Thesp has also wrapped the apocalyptic indie comedy “Goodbye World.”
Webber is repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Ira Schreck.