Lakeshore Entertainment’s horror thriller The Vatican Tapes will be written and directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, Crank) and will be distributed in the U.S. by Lionsgate with a fall 2014 release. Lakeshore will be starting principal photography in Los Angeles in July. The film is off to a fast start before the opening of the Cannes festival this week, with sales to eOne in Canada, eOne/Hopscotch in Australia, Universum in Germany, Jaguar Film International Distribution in the Middle East, IPA Asia Pacific in Thailand; D Productions in Turkey, and Sun Distribution Group S.A. in Latin America. Lakeshore and Sierra Affinity are formally introducing the film to international buyers in Cannes this week.
The Vatican Tapes marks Lakeshore’s third partnership with Neveldine after working together on Jason Statham starrers Crank and Crank: High Voltage as well as Gamer. In addition to Lakeshore’s bigger genre fare such as the highly successful “Underworld” franchise, Lakeshore has also had box office success with moderate budget films in this genre such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which grossed over $75M domestically and over $69M internationally.
The Vatican Tapes follows the haunting tale of 27 year-old Angela Holmes, who accidentally cuts her finger and ends up in the emergency room. Infection leads to erratic behavior, and she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Priests examine Holmes and believe she is possessed, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than they imagined.