(Written for BritScene)
IFC Midnight has acquired the North and Latin American rights to Jon Wright’s Irish comedy, Grabbers, they announced this week, after the film played at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
The film is set on a quaintly populated Irish fishing village named Erin Island, where, unbeknownst to the village’s occupants, something sinister has hit the shores.
At first some fishermen go missing, but then there is the rash of whale carcasses found washed up on the beach. When a number of murders start to take place, it’s up to two mismatched cops, Ciarán O’Shea (Richard Coyle – Pusher) and Lisa Nolan (Ruth Bradley – TV’s Titanic), to protect the islanders from the giant, bloodsucking, tentacled aliens that are out to get them. They soon discover, however, that their only weapon is booze; if they want to survive the creatures’ onslaught then everyone will have to get very, very drunk.
Have you heard of a better premise for a film? Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, commented that, “Grabbers is a great time at the movies and an ingenious update of the classic monster movie. We look forward to working with director Jon Wright when we release it later this year.”
With a script written by Kevin Lehane, the film also stars Russell Tovey (TV’s Being Human), Lalor Roddy (Game of Thrones), David Pearse (The Guard), and Bronagh Gallagher (Albert Nobbs).
It will also be produced by Tracy Brimm and Kate Myers (Forward Films), Martina Niland (Samson Films), Eduardo Levy and James Martin (High Treason Productions) and Piers Tempest (The Salt Company).
“We are delighted that IFC Midnight will be bringing Grabbers to the US as well as South America,” commented Brimm and Meyers. “We have great faith in the IFC team and their enthusiasm for the film combined with a unique distribution model make them the perfect partner for the film.”
Here’s the film’s trailer: