In this intense and heart pounding supernatural thriller, Jessie and Mark decide to take in a sweet and loving 8-year-old boy, Cody. Unbeknownst to them, Cody is terrified of falling asleep. At first, they assume his previous unstable homes caused his aversion to sleep, but soon discover why: Cody’s dreams manifest in reality as he sleeps. In one moment they experience the incredible wonder of Cody’s imagination, and in the next, the horrific nature of his night terrors. To save their new family, Jessie and Mark embark on a dangerous hunt to uncover the truth behind Cody’s nightmares.
Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane have signed on to star in the horror pic Somnia, the next film from Oculus director Mike Flanagan. Sierra/Affinity has come aboard to handle international sales on Somnia, in addition to taking over duties on Oculus, which was previously being handled by Focus Features International (Universal announced Wednesday that FFI will close at the end of the year).
Co-written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, Somnia -- set to start shooting next weekend -- is about an orphaned child (Jacob Tremblay) whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps. Bosworth and Jane will play the child's parents.
Demarest Films and MICA Entertainment are financing the movie, with Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy and Demarest’s Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson producing. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are executive producers.
"Somnia is a natural follow-up to Oculus for Mike. We are thrilled that Kate and Thomas have joined us for Somnia, and look forward to Sierra presenting both titles at the AFM,” said Macy.
Englebardt added, "Mike Flanagan blew us away with Oculus and we’re thrilled to be working with him and Trevor on Somnia."
Oculus, premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in September, was quickly acquired in the U.S. by Relativity Media. The film revolves around a horrifying family incident that left two young children orphans a decade earlier. Authorities charged the brother with murder, but the sister believes the true culprit is a haunted antique mirror, and is determined to prove her theory even though the brother has been rehabilitated and is ready to move on.
Bosworth is represented by CAA, Radius Entertainment and Sloane Offer. Jane is represented by Paradigm and Ziffren Brittenham. Flanagan and Howard are represented by APA, Affirmative Entertainment and Nelson Davis Wetzstein.
I couldn't open the instagram. Page not found. :-( I'm so excited about this film. Mike Flanagan is a very promising director and Oculus generated a lot of buzz at the Toronto Film Festival. Relativity scooped it up immediately.
By the way, at first when I read the story, I thought it was similar to "Insidious" or "Mama", and I was afraid her haters would say something about it because, as we all know, they always try to find the little things, and even make stuffs up. But then I read the comments from people who have read the script, they say it's one of the most emotional and best straight horror scripts in years. Here's the link to read their reviews/comments [beware of spoilers]. scriptshadow.blogspot.com/2012/11/screenplay-review-somnia.html
I have the script [though I don't think it's the final draft], if anyone wants, I'll PM you the link.
Thanks so much for the link, polsworth! I had no idea what the film was about and it sounds intriguing. I really like the idea of a well crafted horror movie with good character development. The drawing of the "Canker Man" is creepy!
Kate Bosworth’s Horror-Thriller ‘Somnia’ Getting U.S. Distribution
Relativity Media has bought U.S. distribution rights to Mike Flanagan’s horror-thriller “Somnia,” starring Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane and Annabeth Gish.
Production began in November. “Oculus” director Mike Flanagan came on board to helm “Somnia” during the Toronto Film Festival.
Relativity is opening “Oculus” on April 11 in the U.S. at about 2,500 locations. The studio has made a wide-release commitment to “Somnia” and it’s anticipating a fall release.
Producers on “Somnia” are Intrepid’s Trevor Macy, along with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films, which will produce and co-finance with MICA Entertainment. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are exec producing.
“Somnia,” written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard, centers on an orphaned child whose dreams and nightmares manifest physically as he sleeps. Flanagan and Howard also co-wrote “Oculus,” which was acquired for the U.S by Relativity with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse.
In addition to Bosworth and Jane, “Somnia” stars Jacob Tremblay as the child.
Paradigm represented the domestic rights alongside the law film Reder and Feig. Sierra/Affinity is handling international rights.