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.
Her stylists bustle up and down the stairs and racks of clothing creep into the living room of the Hancock Park apartment where Emma Roberts has come to be dressed for an evening event. But the 24-year old is calm amid the storm, curled up barefoot on the sofa in a white Isabel Marant top and AG jeans. She notes how her feet need a break after 10- to 15-hour days in six-inch heels on the set of the new Fox comedy-horror series “Scream Queens,” set to premiere on Sept. 22.
“And if you must know, my bra and underwear are Aerie,” she says coyly, plugging American Eagle’s lingerie and relaxed apparel brand.
For the Record
Sept. 17, 2015, 11:35 a.m.: An earlier version of this article said Emma Roberts was interviewed in her apartment. She was interviewed in a stylist’s apartment.
Roberts is the first celebrity to star in the Aerie Real advertising campaign, which launched last year featuring un-retouched images “to help promote body positivity and encourage the celebration of reality over fantasy,” according to Aerie President Jennifer Foyle.
Roberts’ ads for the campaign began Sept. 3, and while some might consider it easier for a thin, fit star such as herself to appear sans Photoshopping, the actress acknowledges that the campaign triggered self-doubts.
“The first outfit was just the bralette and underwear, and I walked on set wearing a robe,” she says. “I got really nervous when I was about to take it off. There were 20 people around and all of a sudden I felt really, really vulnerable and insecure, wondering how I looked. But basically all my best friends were at the shoot: My hair and makeup people and my stylists [Brit and Kara Smith, also co-designers of L.A.-based fashion label Elkin]. Having the comfort of people who I know and trust and love around me gave me that confidence to be silly and have fun and just not worry about it. Because the pictures were going to look like me, which I think is the point of this whole campaign.”
“We live in a world of social media, of Instagram and Twitter, and everyone’s constantly posting photos of the best versions of themselves and adding filters and Facetuning and creating this image and this life that may not be real,” Roberts continues. “I think it’s important to show your real self, for me at least. Because even though I’m an actress and I look a certain way and this and that, I definitely see pictures of ad campaigns and feel insecure and think, ‘Why don’t I look like that?’ … I look like a normal person. And I think it’s important for people to know that, because I think it’s really easy to get caught up in always worrying that your hair and makeup are perfect or if you have the coolest clothes. And it’s more important to just live your life and have fun. It’s about being comfortable in your skin.”
Comfortable is also a word that Roberts uses to describe her off-duty style.
I have added two images from the Vanity Fair magazine shoot! Check out a video of the girls reacting to iconic screams in movies. Check out a new Ashby clip below along with captures. Remember the film opens in select theaters on September 25 and VOD!
Emma will be appearing on the Today show and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon both on the 18th of September! Check your local TV listings for time. I have added some new Scream Queens stills to the gallery below! Next Tuesday is the premiere of the show, can’t believe its already here, can’t wait!!!
Added a new photoshoot of Scream Queens cast along with one solo of Emma, check it out below! Added candids of Emma with Evan Peters and friends hanging out in LA over labor day weekend (September 6). Emma was spotted shopping at Whole Foods with Lea Michele in New Orleans, LA on Thursday (September 10). Check out the sets below! New Instagram additions including a cute childhood photo and one of her doing Pilates with Lea Michele!
February is premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend and a trailer has been released for it! Check it out below!
Emma is one of the cover stars for the October 2015 issue of Glamour magazine! I have added scans below! Check out a solo video interview then one with the other two cover stars below! Also added captures of them both.