Distributor set to reveal “THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY”


A classic fairly tale takes a darker turn in THE CURSE OF SLEEPING BEAUTY, a fantasy/thriller that has been picked up for U.S. release, with multimedia tie-ins attached.

Genre specialist XLrator Media has announced that it acquired Stateside distrib rights to the movie, directed by Pearry Teo, who also scripted with Josh Nadler and produced with Ehud Bleiberg. This variation on the Brothers Grimm classic, set to come out next year, stars Ethan Peck (grandson of THE OMEN’s Gregory Peck), India Eisley from UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING, Natalie Hall and WILLARD’s Bruce Davison. The synopsis: “Thomas Kaiser [Peck] inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations—only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as “protector”—the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay—Thomas teams with an ambitious local realtor [Hall] and paranormal cleric [Davison] to unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose [Eisley], held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.”

XLrator and Bleiberg Entertainment are developing an episodic series based on the feature; XLrator’s Barry Gordon says, “With its iconic characters and dazzling visual world, the film is a bold and dark new take on the classic Sleeping Beauty story and lends itself to creating other rich storylines for an episodic fantasy adventure series.” In addition, RAZOR’s Everette Hartsoe has created a graphic novel to tie in with the film’s release.


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