METRODOME ACQUIRES UK RIGHTS TO THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED STAKE LAND
Toronto, ON (September 13, 2010) - Metrodome today announced that it has acquired all UK rights to MPI Media Group's STAKE LAND, a new vampire thriller directed by Jim Mickle (Mulberry Street) and starring Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Danielle Harris and Kelly McGillis. The distribution deal, which encompasses theatrical, DVD and VOD rights, was negotiated at the Toronto International Film Festival by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, Head of International Sales of MPI Media Group, and James Brown, Head of Acquisitions and Production for Metrodome. A theatrical release in 2011 is anticipated for the film, to be followed by DVD and Video on Demand.
America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral beasts. Cities are tombs and survivors cling together in rural pockets, fearful of nightfall. When his family is slaughtered, young Martin (Gossip Girl’s Connor Paolo) is taken under the wing of a grizzled, wayward hunter (In the Cut’s Nick Damici) whose new prey are the undead.
Simply known as Mister, the vampire stalker takes Martin on a journey through the locked-down towns of America’s heartland, searching for a better place while taking down any bloodsuckers that cross their path. Along the way they recruit fellow travellers, including a nun (Kelly McGillis) who is caught in a crisis of faith when her followers turn into ravenous beasts. This ragtag family unit cautiously moves north, avoiding major thoroughfares that have been seized by The Brethren, a fundamentalist militia headed by Jebedia Loven (Tony award-winning actor Michael Cerveris) that interprets the plague as the Lord’s work.
Director Jim Mickle first grabbed the attention of horror film fans with his zombie-rat thriller Mulberry Street, in which Damici also starred and served as co-writer. They have teamed up again to deliver an even darker and bloodier shocker. Drawing on the post-apocalyptic frenzy described by Richard Matheson (author of the novel I Am Legend) and George Romero, Stake Land is a road movie with fangs and a phantasmagoric journey.
Metrodome is an independent all-rights distributor, in business for over 10 years. It acquires films and other product for exploitation in cinemas, on DVD and via broadcast.
Metrodome has earned a reputation for acquiring and releasing quality independent films that challenge our audiences and provoke the critics - from box office smash hitsMonster and Donnie Darko to the Academy Award winning The Counterfeiters, and Academy Award nominated Away From Her, Days of Glory and Water. Metrodome continues to engage an ever-expanding audience and provide distribution for some of the most invigorating voices in modern cinema. Alongside our high profile theatrical titles, Metrodome's award-winning Home Entertainment department also releases new films, classic cinema, documentaries, animation, stage adaptations, television programming and historical drama.
About MPI Media Group
Chicago based MPI Media Group is a market leader for high quality releases to both wide and specialized audiences through home video distribution. Founded in 1976, MPI Home Video remains one of the most successful independent companies in the world – producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs.