Each year, a number of films are presented and sold at the American Film Market in Santa Monica. The 2011 AFM takes place this week, and in preparation for the AFM, Lionsgate has compiled production information and synopses for the properties that they plan to sell at the convention to both domestic and international buyers (for the territories that they have the rights). Lucky for us, that info is now public, and we’ve pulled together cast, director, and writer information as well as official synopses for some high profile 2012 Lionsgate films. We’ve got info on the Evil Dead remake, Spike Lee’s English-language adaptation of the now classic Park Chan-wook film Old Boy, Diablo Cody’s directorial debut, the comedy Murder of a Cat starring Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, and Rob Lowe, and much more. Hit the jump for all the details.
Director: Fede Alvarez
Writers: Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues, Diablo Cody
Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin where they discover a Book Of The Dead and unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.
Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Craig Rosenberg
After a passenger mysteriously dies on Flight 7500, those remaining on board begin experiencing frightening supernatural phenomena and are left to wonder if they’re next.
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Alison Pill, Dianne Wiest, Rob Lowe, JK Simmons
Director: Gillian Greene Raimi
Writers: Christian Magalhaes, Robert Snow
A hapless 28-year-old eccentric vows justice when he finds his beloved cat shot dead with a crossbow arrow. After some sleuthing, he is shocked to discover that his cat was living a double life with a mysterious young woman. Forced into an awkward partnership, the two cat owners must embark on an epic suburban murder mystery that leads them to a conspiracy far greater than they ever imagined.
Cast: Josh Brolin
Director: Spike Lee
Writer: Mark Protosevich
A man kidnapped and imprisoned on his daughter’s birthday is held captive for fifteen years. Upon his release he embarks on an obsessive mission to find the reason for his imprisonment and soon finds out that his kidnapper has plans for him more tortuous than solitary confinement.
Cast: Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton
Director: Joseph Ruben
Writer: David Loughery
Haunted by a tragic event in her past, photojournalist Sara Frost (Monaghan) escapes the world in an upscale New York penthouse. But the world comes after her with a vengeance in the form of Hollander (Keaton), a smooth but sadistic criminal looking for a fortune in stolen diamonds hidden in the apartment. Trapped and cut off from the rest of the world, Sara must find the inner strength to survive an endless night of physical and psychological torture at the hands of an increasingly desperate Hollander, building to an explosive climax that will have the audience on the edge of its seat.
Cast: Colin Firth
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Writers: Frank Cottrell Boyce, Andy Paterson
What if all your life, all you had ever wanted was a chance at revenge? If the moment came – would you take it? What if love gave you a different choice?
From the international best-seller THE RAILWAY MAN comes the story of a war hero and the woman who matched his courage to reclaim the man she loved.
Cast: Julianne Hough, Russell Brand
Director: Diablo Cody
Writer: Diablo Cody
A sheltered young woman (Hough) loses her faith after a plane crash and goes to Las Vegas to experience the wild life, meeting an unlikely companion (Brand) who helps her find her true self.
Director: Paul Scrader
Writer: Bret Easton Ellis, Paul Schrader
After enduring a brutal, humiliating assault at the hands of a group of affluent youth, an awkward loner seeks his revenge by disguising himself aboard their chartered yacht and sets a deadly trap that leaves the group marooned in the shark infested sea.