According to /Film there's a big Splice deal on the verge of happening. There’s just not much cash in indies these days, so the glory days of massive buys at the fest seem to be gone for the time being. Producer Joel Silver and his Dark Castle label distributed by Warner Bros is in the last stages of closing a distribution deal for the genetic mutation thriller Splice. It will give the film a wide summer release on 3,000 screens, and a P&A commitment north of $25 million, and more likely in the vicinity of $35 million to $40 million.
Compared to the modest $5 million and lower sums paid for films at this year's Sundance, this is a huge bet by Dark Castle that it's found the next Paranormal Activity
Splice is a modern Frankenstein story, starring Sarah Polley and Adrien Brody as genetic scientists who create humanoid life with nightmarish consequences.
A massive summer release is planned for the genre-warping creature feature. Fingers crossed the deal goes through!
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