IFC Midnight has acquired all North American rights to director Franck Khalfoun’s thriller “Maniac,” which stars Elijah Wood as a serial killer. Pic premiered out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.
Wood stars as the withdrawn owner of a mannequin store whose life changes when a young female artist appears asking for his help with her new exhibition. As their friendship develops and his obsession escalates, it becomes clear that she has unleashed his long-repressed compulsion to stalk and kill.
“Franck Khalfoun and Alexandre Aja have reteamed and are joined by Elijah Wood for a deeply disturbing remake of William Lustig’s classic that will delight genre fans,” said Jonathan Sehring, prexy of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. “We can’t wait to bring this to audiences and look forward to working with La Petite Reine and Studio 37, who guided this film into the world.”
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Deal was negotiated for Sundance Selects/IFC Films by Arianna Bocco and Jeff Deutchman, with CAA and Carole Baraton of Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.