LIONS GATE LIKES CANDY
Variety reports that Lions Gate has paid nearly $4 million for worldwide rights outside Britain, Spain and Australia to David Slade?s psychothriller HARD CANDY. The Gate picked up the movie at the currently running Sundance Film Festival (where it grabbed OPEN WATER last year), and plans a U.S. release late this summer or in early 2006. HARD CANDY is about a man (Patrick Wilson) who begins a relationship with a teenaged girl (Ellen Page) whom he meets on the Internet, and the unpleasant developments that follow. Fango?s Sundance correspondent Sarah Walker saw the movie the other day, and describes it as 'a highly disturbing psychological drama in which your sympathies go back and forth. You start out sympathizing with the girl, and then she turns out to be a little monster?with good intentions, though! Ellen Page is excellent. It?s really intense, and some people were walking out because it gets very brutal. It?s super-twisted, and pretty shocking.' Indeed, Lions Gate expects that the movie will get an NC-17 rating?just like its upcoming horror release HIGH TENSION.
Courtesy of Fangoria