Deadline exclusively announced today that Rob Zombie’s new film, The Lords of Salem, has been acquired for United States distribution. What this means is that the film will actually see a release. Whether it is going to be a proper theatrical release or not is anyone’s question. Anchor Bay films has acquired The Lords of Salem for U.S. distribution. Given Anchor Bay’s not so bright track record for theatrical genre releases, this recent news might be a bit off putting. Considering the fact that their widest theatrical release was in 200 theaters but that film was City Island. However, their horror theatrical releases have been done in waves of less than 100 theaters.
When asked about the acquistion, Zombie stated “I have always been a fan of the care and respect Anchor Bay has put into their genre titles. I can’t wait to work together to bring this bizarre, special movie to the masses.”
Anchor Bay’s Kasha, Marc Barson and Josh Thomashow negotiated with Josh Braun of Submarine and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones for Alliance Films. Alliance financed the film, and Andy Gould, Jason Blum, Oren Peli and Steven Schneider produced it. Kavanaugh-Jones is executive producer.
Sheri Moon Zombie plays a radio station DJ who receives a wooden box containing a vinyl record, described as “a gift from the Lords.” She assumes it’s from a band trying to promote themselves. As she and others listen, they don’t realize the bizarre sounds within the grooves immediately trigger flashbacks of Salem’s violent past. Is Heidi going mad or are the Lords of Salem returning for revenge on modern day Salem?
Anchor Bay has reportedly made the acquisition based off of a $2 million sale.