Prep school horror film, February, starring Emma Roberts is being acquired by A24 and DirecTV.
February is set at an all-girls boarding school, where Rose (Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka) and her older classmate Rose (Lucy Boynton) have been stranded for their spring break. Robert’s stars as a haunted woman who is making her way toward the school, but as she gets closer, Kat becomes increasingly possessed by an unknown evil force.
The elevated horror film, which will hit theaters in 2016, the directorial debut for writer-director Osgood Perkins, who is better known for his acting, including roles in Legally Blonde and Psycho II. Perkins, the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, co-wrote the screenplay for The Girl in the Photographs, which is also screening at the festival.
Unbroken Pictures’ Adrienne Biddle and Bryan Bertino produced the film with Rob Paris’ Paris Film, Inc., Zed Filmworks’ Rob Menzies and Alphonse Ghossein of Go Insane Films. Carissa Buffel and Kevin Matusow are executive producing under their Traveling Picture Show Company banner along with 120dB Films’ Peter Graham and Steve Hayes, and Arianne Fraser.
February had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Saturday, Sept 12. THR’s review said: “Evoking some unholy cross between the satanic classic Rosemary’s Baby and Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s uncannily eerie Innocence, with an inky dash of Lost Highway, actor-turned-writer-director Osgood Perkins’ horror story February represents a remarkable debut.”
The film was produced by Unbroken Pictures, Zed Filmworks and Go Insane Pictures. February is represented domestically by CAA and UTA, and internationally by Highland Film Group.
A24 has already scooped up How to Talk to Girls at Parties and Into the Forest at the festival, and its film Room starring Brie Larson screened on Tuesday to a very warm reception.