Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of indie distributor Magnolia Pictures, has acquired North American rights to “The Seeding,” a new horror-thriller. It marks the feature directorial debut of Barnaby Clay and world premiered in Tribeca Midnight
“The Seeding” is about a hiker who gets lost in the desert and seeks refuge with a woman who is living alone. He soon discovers that she might not be there willingly. “The Seeding” stars Scott Haze (“Venom” and “Jurassic World Dominion”) and Kate Lyn Sheil (“You’re Next” and “V/H/S”). It will next screen at LA’s Beyond Fest and is in competition at this year’s edition of Sitges film festival. Magnet will release the film early next year.
“Barnaby Clay has delivered a truly unsettling, shockingly nightmarish film with ‘The Seeding,’” said Magnolia Pictures co-CEOs Eamonn Bowles and Dori Begley in a statement.
Magnet has previously released the likes of Tomas Alfredson’s “Let the Right One In,” Takeshi Miike’s “13 Assassins,” Gareth Edward’s “Monsters,” and Neil Marshall’s “Centurion.”
“When you set out to make a low-budget film there are a few dream scenarios you hold in the back of your mind, they keep you going through the many challenges stalking the path,” said Clay. “Having Magnolia’s genre arm Magnet release this film was one such hope. They consistently release bold, imaginative films that stand the test of time, and I’m thrilled ‘The Seeding’ will now sit alongside such titles.”
Clay wrote the script, along with directing the film. “The Seeding” is an Out Of The Ether production. It was produced by Brian Etting. XYZ Films executive produced the movie and will continue global sales on the film. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, and Pip Ngo, SVP of Sales and Acquisitions at XYZ Films, on behalf of the filmmakers.
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