Vertical today announced that they have acquired the North American rights to the Russo Brothers’ AGBO and Anton’s horror-thriller film All Fun and Games, co-directed by Ari Costa (Extraction, Avengers: Endgame) and Eren Celeboglu (Scrubs) who are both making their feature film debuts.

Written by Costa, Celeboglu and JJ Braider (Vampire Academy), the film stars Natalia Dyer (Yes, God, Yes, Stranger Things), Asa Butterfield (Sex Education, Hugo), Benjamin Ainsworth (Son of a Critch, The Haunting of Bly Manor), Laurel Marsden (The Pope’s Exorcist, Ms. Marvel), Kolton Stewart (Sneakerella, Locke & Key), and Annabeth Gish (Mayfair Witches, Midnight Mass).

The synopsis shared by Vertical describes All Fun and Games as a film which “explores the elements of cruelty inherent in children’s games – Flashlight Tag, Hangman, Hide & Seek – and what happens when the games go too far. When a group of teens find a cursed knife in the woods, they unleash a malevolent demon that will not rest until it’s claimed all of their lives and souls in a terrifying deathmatch.”

“We are thrilled to be in business with Anton and The Russo Brothers’ AGBO who have shepherded the project allowing Ari and Eren to create a gripping debut film based on a high concept idea that caught, and held, our attention immediately. We are so excited for audiences to experience the film and the terrifying story that will leave them haunted,” Vertical Partner Peter Jarowey stated.

The film is slated for a September 2023 release.


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