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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 (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).


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