‘Catacombs’ is Just the Start for Twisted and the Gate

If you caught the horror hit of late, Saw, then you definitely saw the kick-ass logo for Twisted Pictures adn you are going to have to get used to it as Twisted Pictures and Lions Gate Films don’t plan on parting ways anytime soon.

In a press release today it was announced that Catacombs will be the first picture in a nine-picture financing and distribution deal Twisted and Lions have put together.

The film is set to star the sexy, but absent of late, Shannyn Sossamon and Alecia Moore, or better known as Pink. The film is co-written and co-directed by David Elliot and Tomm Coker and will begin principal photography in Bucharest, Romania on March 7th.

Twisted Pictures’ first film under the new label, Saw, was one of the most profitable films of 2004. Produced for $1.2 million, the film has grossed over $50 million domestically and nearly $100 million worldwide. The title debuted as the #1 new release in video sales and rentals with 4 million units sold in the United States and Canada last week. Under their nine picture deal with Lions Gate, Twisted Pictures will finance and produce films exclusively in the horror / action genre, which should have many of you spinning in your seats.

Catacombs is the story of a young woman on her first visit out of the country. While in Paris, she is taken to an underground party in the Catacombs, a labyrinth of over 200 miles of 14th Century limestone tunnels under the Left Bank of the city, lined with the remains of 7 million people. When she is separated from her friends and becomes convinced that someone or something is chasing her, her vacation becomes a terrifying nightmare.

“The stories we are attracted to tend to deal with universal fears — being trapped, being lost, claustrophobia, etc.,” said Twisted’s Burg, Koules and Hoffman. “Coker and Elliot’s Catacombs script deals with them all, and is set in a location that is truly one of the most terrifying on earth. They have a tremendous vision for the film, and we look forward to supporting this new and exciting filmmaking team.”

“David Elliott and Tomm Coker have crafted a nerve-shattering spookfest with Catacombs, and the unique setting shows our commitment to try new things with our Twisted Pictures venture,” said Block.


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