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ROTHWATCH ’15: Lionsgate Seduces “KNOCK KNOCK” Into Acquisition

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With yesterday’s inaugural Rothwatch of 2015, news on Eli Roth productions has been coming at the highest rate in recent memory. And with Roth still making the Sundance press rounds following the world premiere of his latest horror film, KNOCK KNOCK, there’s a chance that we will be hearing more from the director in the very near future. But this latest Rothwatch actually comes courtesy from the folks over at Variety, as KNOCK KNOCK has now found a home over at Lionsgate.

Acquired for $2.5 million dollars, Lionsgate has secured KNOCK KNOCK for U.S. distribution in a move that furthers the company’s intention to remain in the horror and Keanu Reeves business. Lionsgate and Reeves teamed previously for the sleeper hit JOHN WICK, which earned Reeves some of his best reviews to date and established the actor as a box office contender yet again. And while Lionsgate has had a rocky relationship with the horror genre as of late, following their last-minute gameplan change-up on JESSABELLE and their DOA rerelease of the original SAW, the company seems to be back into the indie horror game, potentially adding KNOCK KNOCK to their horror release slate next to the previously acquired COOTIES.

The question remains now whether or not KNOCK KNOCK will be pushed theatrically or if Lionsgate will give the film a VOD release, and whether or not horror fans are to expect KNOCK KNOCK before Roth’s long-awaited THE GREEN INFERNO. With both Reeves and Roth as a selling point for the film, KNOCK KNOCK’s price tag is a hefty for a festival pick-up, but could easily recoup said fee on digital platforms. However, Roth has evidently been persistent on his directorial efforts getting wide theatrical releases; after all, THE GREEN INFERNO has languished in cinematic limbo rather than hit VOD, and one would assume Lionsgate is much more capable of giving the film a huge release as opposed to any studio’s indie branch. In any case, keep an eye and ear out for more on KNOCK KNOCK, as Rothwatch ’15 is just getting started.

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Ken W. Hanley
Ken W. Hanley is the Managing Web Editor for FANGORIA and STARLOG, as well as the former Web Editor for Diabolique Magazine and a contributing writer to YouWonCannes.com. He’s a graduate from Montclair State University, where he received an award for Excellence in Screenwriting. He’s currently working on screenplays, his debut novel "THE I IN EVIL", and various other projects, and can be followed on Twitter: @movieguyiguess.
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