MGM secures worldwide rights to romantic horror films

MGM has successfully acquired worldwide distribution rights to Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming romantic horror film titled bones and all, starring Taylor Russell and Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet. The project marks the call me by your name the filmmaker’s first feature film set in the United States.

“I am thrilled that MGM, a studio that so clearly loves filmmakers and respects bold vision, will bring my film to the world and that the incredible work of Timothy, Taylor, Mark and the rest of the cast will be seen in theaters,” Guadagnino said in a statement (via Deadline). “bones and all couldn’t be in better hands with Kevin Ulrich, Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy at the helm. I am truly proud to be associated with the iconic lion that has roared at the start of so many of my favorite movies over the decades.

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Based on Camille DeAngelis’ 2015 novel, bones and all is described as a romantic coming-of-age horror story centering on a young woman’s journey across the country in hopes of reuniting with her father, who is the only one who can explain why she longs for to kill and eat the people she loves.

“The film will revolve around a story of first love between Maren (Russell), a young woman learning to survive on the margins of society, and Lee (Chalamet), an intense, disenfranchised drifter, as they meet and reunite for a thousand mile odyssey that takes them through the back roads, hidden passages and trapdoors of Ronald Reagan’s America,” reads the synopsis. “But despite their best efforts , all paths lead back to their terrifying past and a final battle that will determine if their love can survive their otherness.”

Additional cast includes Mark Rylance, Michael Stulhbarg, Chloe Sevigny, Francesca Scorsese, Jessica Harper, André Holland and Halloween director David Gordon Green.

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bones and all is directed and produced by Luca Guadagnino from a screenplay adapted by Dave Kajganich. It is produced by Giovanni Corrado and Raffaella Viscardi. The producers are Kajganich, Theresa Park, Marco Morabito, Francesco Melzi d’Eril and Gabriele Moratti, Lorenzo Mieli and Peter Spears.

This project is a production of A Frenesy Film Company and Per Capita Productions, with Italian companies The Apartment Pictures, Enzio Ricci’s 3 Marys, Memo, Tender Stories, Adler, Elafood, Elafilm, Manila, Serfis and Wise financing the film.