Viva Pictures and DIRECTV announced today that they have acquired U.S. rights to EXETER, a feature film from the director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious. The film will debut exclusively on DIRECTV on July 2 followed by a theatrical release by Viva Pictures later this year.
EXETER was directed by Marcus Nispel and written by Kirsten McCallion. The film was executive produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider.
After an all-night party at an abandoned asylum known for its horrific treatment of its patients, a group of ordinary teens decide to tinker with the occult, leading to a possession, a paranormal mystery and into a bloody nightmare that no one could predict.
“I am thrilled to have our film EXETER premiere exclusively on DIRECTV, a premium platform that is also supported with massive P&A,” commented Nispel. “Horror fans can now enjoy my work ‘uncompromised’. The marketing teams at Viva Pictures, BLKBX Creative Group and DIRECTV have some serious treats in store to make this a true event and change the way of how movies will be mainlined.”
“The pedigree of Nispel and the producers made this an obvious choice for distribution,” says Viva Pictures’ President Victor Elizalde. “From the opening sequence to the end credits, audiences will be horrified in ways never before seen.”
“EXETER is an undeniably frightening and scary film. DIRECTV is thrilled to be working with Viva Pictures to bring EXETER to our subscribers before it hits theaters,” said Hanny Patel, senior director of Marketing, DIRECTV.
The deal was repped by WME Global and negotiated with producer Michael Corso of Steelhaus Productions, Andrew Lee on behalf of DIRECTV, Frank Donner on behalf of BLKBX Creative Group and Victor Elizalde for Viva Pictures.
EXETER is the first film in the newly-formed partnership between Viva Pictures and DIRECTV to release films exclusively on DIRECTV during a 30-day window prior to their theatrical debut. This unique union provides national exposure for filmmakers with exceptional motion pictures to DIRECTV’s 20 million customers.