STX Closing Big Deal For Scott Cooper Psychological Horror ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ With Margaret Qualley

STX Closing Big Deal For Scott Cooper Psychological Horror ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ With Margaret Qualley

25 Mar 2020 (PT)
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STXfilms is closing a high seven-figure multi-territory pre-buy for Scott Cooper-directed psychological horror A Head Full Of Ghosts, which will star Margaret Qualley Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood.

STX will distribute in the U.S. and UK and, like it did on Gunpowder Milkshake last month, teamed up with its output partners in Latin America Sun, Canada Elevation and Benelux The Searchers to acquire those markets as well. Partnering up gives the buyers a better chance of fending off the deep-pocketed streamers.

The film is backed by Cross Creek, Team Downey and The Allegiance Theater. CAA Media Finance repped the U.S. rights while Mad River launched foreign sales at the European Film Market in Berlin last month.

Pic is an adaptation of Paul Tremblay's popular horror novel, and Cooper is revising the current draft. The film sees a young woman recount to a journalist the terrifying story of how her family was publicly ripped apart 20 years prior by her teenage sister’s mysterious affliction. Additional casting is underway.

Berlin turned out to be a buoyant market in the end. Certainly at the top end. Between Netflix’s splash for The Good Nurse, Searchlight grabbing Perfect, AGC’s sell-out on Little America, STX’s deals for this film and Gunpowder Milkshake and multiple eye-catching deals on its sales slate, it was a better than average EFM. The hope has been that Cannes could follow suit.

Qualley is also coming off  Fosse/Verdon,  The Leftovers and Berlin opener My Salinger Year. Cooper most recently directed the Keri Russell-Jessie Plemons-starrer Antlers.

A Head Full Of Ghosts is being produced by Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of the Allegiance Theater, Susan Downey of Team Downey, Tyler Thompson of Cross Creek, Cooper and David Gambino. Robert Downey Jr is exec producing.

The film marks the second collaboration for Cooper and Cross Creek, after the Johnny Depp-starrer  Black Mass for Warner Bros that grossed $99M worldwide. Cross Creek's other forays in the psychological thriller space include Black Swan and  Woman in Black. Cross Creek just wrapped the Aaron Sorkin-directed  Trial of the Chicago 7, with Paramount releasing in the fall, and the Vin Diesel-starrer  Bloodshot.

Source: deadline.com

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STX Closing Big Deal For Scott Cooper Psychological Horror ‘A Head Full Of Ghosts’ With Margaret Qualley
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