VENICE – Well Go USA Entertainment has acquired North American rights to hip Hong Kong chiller “Rigor Mortis” from Fortissimo Films in the first U.S. acquisition of a Venice title announced during the fest.
The feature film debut of Hong Kong multi-hyphenate Juno Mak – who is a pop start, actor, and fashion entrepreneur – “Mortis” is an eerie effects-laden re-imagining of the popular 1970/80’s Chinese Vampire (Geung Si) genre. Pic will world preem on September 4 in the Venice Days section but screened for press and industry on Friday, August 30. “Mortis” also unspools in Toronto’s Midnight Madness section.
Chiller stars action movie veteran Chin Siu-ho as a washed up former vampire pic actor who winds up in a creepy Hong Kong public housing estate whose occupants run the range from the living to the dead, to the undead, along with ghosts, vampires and zombies.
“Mortis,” which is produced by Japanese horror icon Takeshi Shimizu (“The Grudge”) will have an early November rollout in Hong Kong, followed by the rest of Asia.
Well Go is planning a multi-platform release in early 2014.
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Deal was negotiated between Fortissimo’s Executive Vice President, Sales and Acquisitions, Winnie Lau, and Well Go’s President, Doris Pfardrescher.
The two companies have worked together in the past, with Well Go previously acquiring Fortissimo’s 3-D features “Tormented” and “Shock Labyrinth,” among other pics.