Anchor Bay Films Picks Up Director Amy Heckerling’s VAMPS; Stars Alicia Silverstone And Sigourney Weaver
Anchor Bay Films announced today the acquisition of all North American distribution rights to the latest film by Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), VAMPS. Starring Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin), Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” Confessions of a Shopaholic), Wallace Shawn (Toy Story, Princess Bride) and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, Avatar), the film combines the fun of the classic hit Clueless with the tremendous popularity of vampires. A theatrical release is expected near Halloween. The deal was announced by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.
“We are excited to have picked up the rights to VAMPS,” commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Anchor Bay Films. “It’s a hilarious story with the perfect cast.”
Beautiful vampires Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Ritter) have been enjoying the good life in New York City. As upstanding, politically correct Extended Life Forms (ELFs), the pair hit a support group, “Sanguines Anonymous,” to help curb the temptation of human blood in between their clubbing and dating schedules. When love steals into each of their lives, the pair’s destiny is set on a new course and they must make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality—and maybe much more.
Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, VAMPS is a comedy-fantasy-romance that puts a fresh and hilariously upbeat twist on the vampire genre. In addition to Wallace Shawn and Sigourney Weaver, the film also stars Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), Richard Lewis (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), Kristen Johnston (Bride Wars), Malcolm McDowell (The Artist, A Clockwork Orange), Zak Orth (Romeo + Juliet) and Marilu Henner (Johnny Dangerously). It was produced by Lauren Versel, Molly Hassell, Stuart Cornfeld and Maria Teresa Arida. Executive Producers include Stanislaw Tyczynski, Julie Kroll, Kamal Nahas, John Jencks, Lisa Wilson, Stephen Hays and Peter Graham. VAMPS was produced by Lucky Monkey Pictures and Red Hour Films. The deal was negotiated by Kevin Kasha, Josh Thomashow and Marc Barson for Anchor Bay Films; Cassian Elwes, Kevin Iwashima and Julie Kroll negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Anchor Bay Films recent releases include Seeking Justice starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce which opened on March 18th and Touchback starring Brian Presley which opened on April 13th. Films in its library include the critically-acclaimed comedy City Island starring Andy Garcia and Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas as well as the 2011 releases of Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken, Toronto Film Festival award-winner Beautiful Boy with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen and Cannes 2011 premiere Corman’s World.