Modernciné has announced that the cast for All Cheerleaders Die has been finalized. Written and directed by Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) and Chris Sivertson (The Lost, I Know Who Killed Me), the high school-set supertnatural thriller is being produced by Andrew van den Houten (Funeral Kings, The Woman), Robert Tonino (The Woman, In the Family) and stars Caitlin Stasey (Tomorrow When the War Began), Sianoa Smit-McPhee (Hung), and introduces Tom Williamson. Filming is scheduled to start on November 26th in Los Angeles.
Mäddy Killian is a 17 year old rebel at Blackfoot High School on a mission to take down the captain of the football team. She rallies a group of cheerleaders around her cause, but after a tragic turn of events the girls are thrust into a supernatural battle that culminates in a mayhem-filled night they will never forget.
All Cheerleaders Die will be the second collaboration between McKee and Modernciné, the first being The Woman. It also marks the first time Sivertson will work with the company.
From the press release:
All Cheerleaders Die is actually a reimagining of a video project McKee and Sivertson wrote and shot immediately after graduating from USC Film School some ten years ago. Since then, both have gone on to successful solo directing careers.
"All Cheerleaders Die is leading us into the exciting world of popcorn fare, and we couldn't be more thrilled to have the creative freedom that a company like Modernciné provides for writer/directors. This is going to be a thrill-packed extravaganza with a hot young cast to die for," said McKee and Sivertson.
"Working on my first collaboration with Mr. Sivertson and second feature with Mr. McKee is an honor and real opportunity to promote the artist driven approach I believe in. It's what Modernciné is all about. Everything begins and ends with the directors' vision and with that approach originality and timeless entertainment is born," said Andrew van den Houten.
Recent projects for Modernciné include the critically-acclaimed, audience favorite Funeral Kings, which debuted as an official selection at this year's SXSW Film Festival and is currently playing at the Mann Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. Other films currently in post-production include Jug Face, based on newcomer Chad Crawford Kinkle's award winning screenplay from Slamdance 2011 and Brian Avenet-Bradley's second feature Black Butterflies starring Gary Cairns and Brad Dourif.
Modernciné has a hit or miss track record with me from what I've seen. I loved Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door, and dug Home Movie and Headspace, but Offspring sucked hard and Ghoul sucked harder. That said, I really like McKee's involvement here. While I still desperately need to see The Woman, I have a lot of love for Lucky McKee's May, and I thought his Red was a fantastic piece of work.
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