Picturehouse Picks Up Adam Wingard's Kick Ass New Film 'The Guest'
by Alex Billington
March 7, 2014
Briefly: We're happy to report that one of our favorite films out of Sundance 2014 finally has a distributor and will be hitting theaters this fall. Picturehouse, the 2013-rebooted version of the classic indie studio, has acquired all US rights to The Guest, from writer Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard, behind You're Next previously. The film was a huge hit at Sundance this year, playing in the Midnight Madness category, starring Dan Stevens (from "Downton Abbey") as a soldier who arrives at the home of the Peterson family, and begins protecting them. It's awesome, a throwback to 80's action and yet still so much kick ass fun, and I'm so glad it will be out this year. No release date it set yet, however Picturehouse is planning a fall release.
Commenting on the acquisition news, Picturehouse CEO Bob Berney stated: Barrett & Wingard's "The Guest is hilariously fun and innovative, and its recent premiere at Sundance blew everyone away... We pride ourselves on collaborating with filmmakers, and Keith, Jess, Adam and Simon are a force of nature." He's referring to Snoot Entertainment's Keith Calder & Jessica Calder, producers of the film, who add: "We're so excited to work with Bob and Jeanne at Picturehouse after long admiring the fantastic job they've done releasing some of our favorite movies of all time" like Pan's Labyrinth & Memento. The cast includes Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser & Lance Reddick. This movie kicks ass.
After listing The Guest as one of my Top 5 of Sundance, I called Dan Stevens "now one of my favorite action heroes. So, so so badass, such a fun film. It was my very last film of Sundance 2014, but" still one of the best.