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Film News Roundup: John Heard’s ‘Living Among Us’ Gets U.S. Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

In today’s film news roundup, John Heard’s “Living Among Us” will be in theaters in January, Monica Bellucci signs on for “Nekromancer,” and faith-based documentary “The Heart of Man” is returning for one night.

DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS

Vision Films has bought U.S. theatrical distribution, VOD and DVD rights to supernatural horror movie “Living Among Us,” starring the late John Heard, Esme Bianco, and Thomas Ian Nicholas, Variety has learned exclusively.

Vision is planning a Janaury release for “Living Among Us,” directed by Brian A. Metcalf. William Sadler and Andrew Keegan also star.

Vision Films will release “Living Among Us” theatrically in January 2018. The film is a Red Compass Media production, produced by Metcalf and Nicholas and executive produced by Ben Chan.

The story centers on a family of vampires hiring filmmakers to bring their story to the world with devastating results. The documentary crew sent to interview the family soon realizes their very lives are in danger as they uncover a deadly secret and fight for survival.

Vision Films will handle both digital and physical distribution of DVD in association with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Heard died in July at the age of 72. Bianco is best known for her role as Ros on “Game of Thrones.” Nicolas starred in the “American Pie” films. Metcalf is represented by Innovative Artists and Matt Galsor at Greenberg Glusker.

CASTINGS

Monica Bellucci, Ben O’Toole, and Tess Haubrich will star in the sci-fi horror film “Nekromancer” by Australian filmmaker brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner.

Production companies are Entertainment One, Hopscotch Features and Guerilla Films. Kiah Roache-Turner will direct, with Andrew Mason and Troy Lum producing for Hopscotch Features, together with Tristan Roache-Turner of Guerilla Films.

The logline is being kept under wraps. “Nekromancer,” which will shoot later this year in Sydney, is being financed by eOne together with Screen Australia and Create NSW. eOne will distribute the film, with partners Sierra/Affinity handling worldwide sales.

Bellucci most recently appeared as the bride in Emir Kusturica’s “On the Milky Road” and is represented by Laurent Gregoire of Paris-based agency Adequat. O’Toole starred in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit” and is represented by Sydney’s United Management. Haubrich appeared in Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” and is represented by Independent Management Company in Sydney.

ENCORE PRESENTATION

Faith-based documentary “The Heart of Man” has been set for an Oct. 17 encore presentation as a one-night screening from Fathom Events and Sypher Studios, Variety has learned exclusively.

Fathom has scheduled the second presentation due to strong performance at the Sept. 14 showing, which had the third-highest box office in North America and high demand to bring the film back to theaters.

“The Heart of Man” is a re-telling of the Biblical prodigal son parable, juxtaposed with interviews of real people struggling with distractions from their faith and the shame that follows addiction. Shot on location in Hawaii, “The Heart of Man” is produced by Jason Pamer and Jens Jacob, directed by Eric Esau and executive produced by Brian Bird (“Captive,” “The Case for Christ,” “When Calls the Heart”).

The film includes true stories interwoven with interviews with authors William Paul Young and Dr. Dan Allender, and spoken word artist Jackie Hill-Perry. The documentary content stars actors Justin Torrence, Serena Karnagy, and Robert Fleet.

Fathom specializes in presenting live events and one-night showings for theatrical chains. It’s co-owned by AMC Entertainment, Cinemark Holdings and Regal Entertainment Group.

SHORT FILM

“Major Crimes” star Graham Patrick Martin is set to direct his first short film, “Recondition” from a script by Devon Coull with Jeremy O’Keefe producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Chris Mulkey will star as a Massachusetts man who helps to get his grandson back on his feet after an overdose and a stint in rehab. Coull plays the grandson struggling to assimilate back into a normal routine and Brad Carter plays a body shop owner who’s far too familiar with the toll the opioid epidemic has taken on his town. Marguerite Insolia will play a girlfriend and former enabler.

Coull wrote this film to bring light to the opioid/heroin epidemic that has crippled his hometown in suburban Massachusetts. Production begins in late October in Massachusetts.

O’Keefe and Martin’s company Shell Rd. is producing. The two previously teamed up on “Somewhere Slow.” Martin is repped by APA and Untitled Entertainment.

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