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Open Road, Endgame visit ‘Haunted House’

Duo acquire U.S. rights to Michael Tiddes pic

Open Road Films, in partnership with Endgame Entertainment, has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Michael Tiddes’ “A Haunted House” from IM Global. IM Global’s genre label Octane financed and produced the pic, which Open Road will release nationwide on Jan. 11, 2013.

Rick Alvarez co-wrote the script with Marlon Wayans, who stars alongside Cedric the Entertainer, Essence Atkins, David Koechner and Nick Swardson.

Described as an outrageous send-up of the “Paranormal Activity” movies, “The Devil Inside” and other “found footage” movies, “A Haunted House” follows young couple Malcolm (Wayans) and Kisha (Atkins), who have just moved into their dream house. But Kisha is soon possessed by a demon, and Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship — or, more importantly, his sex life.

Alvarez and Wayans produced the film, while IM Global CEO Stuart Ford exec produced with Deepak Nayar, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Steve Squillante and Lisa Blum.

Haunted House” is one of 14 films that IM Global has financed or co-financed in the past two years either alone or in partnership with majority shareholder Reliance Entertainment or production joint venture Automatik.

“If you are looking to laugh uncontrollably, this movie will do it to you,” said Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg. “This will be our second project with Jim Stern and the great people at Endgame and with them, IM Global and, of course, Marlon Wayans and Rick Alvarez, we have a team we are very excited about.”

“We are delighted to be partnering with Open Road and IM Global on this fun romp. It is a perfect vehicle for our P&A fund and we are pleased to support the filmmakers in bringing this film to market,” added Endgame CEO James Stern.

“Marlon and the gang have made a riotously funny film and I’m really confident that Open Road is going to blow this out in a big way,” Ford said.

“I’m really happy to be working with Tom Ortenberg and Open Road. They are an exciting new company who, along with Jim Stern and Endgame, have shown tremendous enthusiasm for our movie,” added Wayans.

Deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Ben Cotner. Larry Kopeikin and Kevin Yorn negotiated on behalf of Wayans, who is also repped by CAA and manager Blum of NWE. Endgame prexy Douglas E. Hansen, who also serves as CEO of Endgame Releasing, negotiated the P&A funding for the film. Ford and Michael Roban negotiated on behalf of IM Global.

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