Distributor kicks in for “ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE”


Pom-pom girls get picked off in ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, the black-comic horror film by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertsen that served as the opening-night attraction in the Midnight Madness section of this month’s Toronto International Film Festival, and has now been grabbed for distribution.

Image Entertainment has announced that it has acquired all U.S. rights to ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE, with theatrical release planned for spring 2014. Adapting and expanding upon the 2001 shot-on-video flick by McKee (THE WOMAN, MAY) and Sivertsen (THE LOST, I KNOW WHO KILLED ME), ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE was produced by Andrew van den Houten and Robert Tonino for Modernciné and stars Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler, Amanda Grace Cooper, Reanin Johannink, Tom Williamson and Chris Petrovski. The synopsis: “When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Mäddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Mäddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller—a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Mäddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape.”

“Working with Modernciné, Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson on ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE is going to be a blast,” says Image’s Mark Ward. “We are huge fans of the film and think both of these filmmakers have distinct voices and see the franchise potential for this wonderfully colorful collaboration.” Van den Houten comments, “Working in conjunction with Ben Weiss from Paradigm to secure and negotiate distribution for ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE has been a pleasure. Image Entertainment, with the keen eye of Mark Ward, has been a home for our films in the past. They especially know how to market and sell genre. Now that they have acquired our largest and most commercial project to date, we are incredibly confident they will hit it out of the park.”

See our review of ALL CHEERLEADERS DIE here and an interview with van den Houten about the film here.

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