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2014 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Cary Murnion & Jonathan Milott’s Cooties

Things are certainly on an upward upswing for the horror comedy with the nifty title – it just landed a multiple-territory distribution deal for Universal Pictures for a foursome of territories. Not sure if Sundance is a lieu to catch a  case of the Cooties, which went into production in mid-July with directors Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (featured here) teaming with Elijah Wood both in the front and backend. On screen, Wood is joined by Alison Pill and television thesps such as Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Jorge Garcia and Nasim Pedrad.

Gist: Written by Ian Brennan and Leigh Whannell, this centers on a mysterious virus borne from chicken nuggets hitting an isolated elementary school and transforming the pre-adolescent children into a feral swarm of mindless cannibals. A substitute teacher emerges as the unlikely hero who must lead a motley band of teachers in the fight of their lives against them.

Production Co./Producers: Steven Schneider, SpectreVision’s Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller,  Glacier Films’ Tove Christensen and Georgy Malkov. Exec producers: Whannell and Brennan.

Prediction: Park City at Midnight would be the only slot available.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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