In a project announcement that is the quintessence of the American Film Market, MPI/Dark Sky Films and XYZ Films are launching “XX” as an all-female horror anthology, with each segment featuring both a female director and female lead.

MPI/Dark Sky Films is handling international sales at AFM  and co-representing the film with XYZ Films.

The directors on board include Jennifer Lynch (“Boxing Helena,” “Chained”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”), Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight,” “Jennifer’s Body”), sisters Jen and Sylvia Soska (“Dead Hooker in a Trunk”) and Jovanka Vuckovic (“The Captured Bird”).

The filmmakers will develop their own stories. The various segments will be linked by work by stop-motion animator Sofia Carrillo, who will also create the film’s title sequence.

“We know that women make up about half of the audience for horror films, and yet the female creative voice has been nearly silent in the horror genre,” said MPI/Dark Sky’s Greg Newman. “So we are thrilled about the new and distinct approach that these talented directors will bring to the project.”

Todd Brown will produce for XYZ. Newman will serve as executive producer for MPI/Dark Sky, while Nate Bolotin, Nick Spicer and Aram Tertzakian will serve as executive producers for XYZ.