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Grab Bag: Relativity nabs HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET; Zemeckis producing garden gnome film; Lionsgate gets THE BAY

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 15th, 2011

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Riding a wave on a surfboard adorned with an Oscar nomination and a spot in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, Jennifer Lawrence is looking to have one hell of a career from here on out. And now, thankfully, this success has helped a relatively long-gestating project find some sort of distribution.

THR is reporting that Relativity has nabbed up the distribution rights to the upcoming film, HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET; starring Lawrence and Max Theriot. FilmNation and A Bigger Boat have backed the project, which was shot, last summer, by director Mark Tonderai, and follows a girl “who moves with her mom to a new town and learns that their home is across the street from a house where a double murder took place. Complications ensue when the teen befriends the massacre's sole surviving son.” Elisabeth Shue co-stars.

The studio is slowly making quite a bit of ground in the Hollywood game, with things like THE CROW, slowly gaining steam.  I think the premise itself sounds quite intriguing, and is definitely an interesting project for Lawrence to take on.  Here’s to hoping we get to see this thing soon.

In other news, Lionsgate has announced that they've picked up the domestic distribution rights to Barry Levinson’s upcoming "found footage eco-horror film,” THE BAY. The film follows “an unprecedented biological disaster unleashed from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay- an isopod parasite, carrying a horrific untreatable disease, that jumps from fish to human hosts. The true horror and scope of the event unfolds on footage captured on home videos and the internet by the town's victims.” It is produced by the team behind both PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS, and if this is half as interesting and well made as the latter, we are in for something special.

Finally, Robert Zemeckis is currently set to produce an adaptation of the Chuck Sambuchino novel, How To Survive A Garden Gnome Attack. The story is a “comprehensive survival guide that will help you prevent, prepare for and ward off an imminent home invasion by the common garden gnome. Once thought of as harmless yard decorations, evidence is mounting that these smiling lawn statues are poised and ready to wreck havoc." With no writer attached, but as THR reports, the film will not actually be an R-rated film, as previously discussed.  There goes any interest in that thing.

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