The Orchard Captures “Ghost Team”
Nov 11, 2015
Feature comedy starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz, Paul W. Downs with Justin Long and Amy Sedaris slated for late 2016 release
Los Angeles, CA – November 11, 2015 – The Orchard announced today that the company has acquired North American, U.K., Australian, and New Zealand distribution rights to the Oliver Irving-directed comedy-thriller Ghost Team starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz, Paul W. Downs with Justin Long and Amy Sedaris. The film, which wrapped production last week and is slated for release at the end of 2016, was written by Peter Warren, and produced by Julie Christeas and Schuyler Weiss of Tandem Pictures, Alex Sagalchik of Mott Street Pictures, Clem McIntosh and director Oliver Irving, with Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content serving as Executive Producer.
Desperate to escape the monotony of his daily life, paranormal-obsessed Louis (Jon Heder) puts together a dysfunctional team — his depressed best friend, misfit nephew, a cable access “medium” and an overeager security guard—to mount his own investigation into the beyond. What results isn’t just a hilariously terrifying brush with the entities haunting an abandoned farm, but also an exploration of friendship, adventure and the things we all believe in to keep going. Everyone’s hunting for something.
“When you pair a script this hilarious with a cast this funny, and bring talent like Oliver Irving to the table, it’s really a no-brainer for us,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP of Film and TV. “We’re thrilled to be involved with Ghost Team at this early stage and bring it to audiences next year.”
“Ghost Team is very much a passion project for me and my collaborators,” says Ghost Team director Oliver Irving. “It’s clear the team at The Orchard is just as excited about the film, and it’s wonderful to know we have such an enthusiastic and supportive partner when bringing the film to comedy and horror fans alike.”
Ghost Team is the latest film acquisition for The Orchard. The company recently announced acquisitions of the critically acclaimed horror film Demon and the TIFF audience favorite Southbound. Recent releases from The Orchard include Nasty Baby, The Overnight, Digging for Fire, Finders Keepers and this awards season contender Cartel Land.
The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard’s Director of Acquisitions, with Marc Bortz of Preferred Content and Marc Simon of Cowan Debaets Abrahams and Sheppard LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.
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