by: Kate Erbland
October 19th, 2010

Two of the year's festival genre entries have just been acquired by Magnolia Pictures' genre arm, Magnet Releasing. The company has picked up the U.S. rights to Brad Anderson's VANISHING ON 7TH STREET (which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival) and the world rights to André Ovredal’s THE TROLL HUNTER (which was a huge hit at his year's Fantastic Fest).

VANISHING ON 7TH STREET stars Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, Thandie Newton, and Jacob Latimore, and is directed by Anderson, who previously helmed THE MACHINIST and TRANSSIBERIAN. The "apocalyptic thriller" follows a group of people who find themselves at the mercy of "a massive power outage [that] plunges the city of Detroit into total darkness." Worse than that darkness? They're the only people left in the city, and everyone else has simply vanished in the dark.

THE TROLL HUNTER "is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up for years by a government conspiracy." One of the buzziest films to come out of FF, I cannot wait to see it for myself.

Both films will release theatrically in 2011, with VANISHING scheduled to appear in February.

Magnet has had a full release slate this year - including such films as MONSTERS, CENTURION, and RED CLIFF. I have a feeling that both THE TROLL HUNTER and VANISHING ON 7TH STREET will fit in very well with that family.

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  • Brian Kelley

    Quite adored TROLL HUNTER at Fantastic Fest. In fact, as soon as it was over, I turned to someone and said “This move was made for Magnet.” :)

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