Hot off of its Midnight Madness premiere at TIFF 2016, The Belko Experiment has landed an acquisition deal thanks to Orion and BH Tilt. That’s a load off the minds of writer/producer James Gunn and director Greg McLean since the thriller had already been slated for a March 17, 2017 release date. The film about a deadly social experiment that sees a group of 80 Americans locked inside a high-rise corporate office and given the directive to kill or be killed stars John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Josh Brener, Michael Rooker, David Dastmalchian and Melonie Diaz.
Deadline reports that the deal is done for The Belko Experiment with Orion and BH Tilt partnering up for the film’s release. The latter banner is Blumhouse’s (ie BH) releasing company that looks to leverage non-traditional distribution and marketing strategies for films backed with digital campaigns. Recent films on their calendar include the Kevin Bacon-starrer The Darkness, also directed by McLean, and the upcoming Brad Peyton-directed Incarnate, which stars Aaron Eckhart and releases on December 2nd.
Here’s what Gunn had to say about the deal:
“I can’t imagine a better home for us than BH Tilt – a movie as edgy and unique as Belko needs a deft hand for its release, and BH Tilt is the deftest of them all.”
McLean echoed the sentiment:
“I’m so proud of this movie and the amazing team of collaborators behind it and couldn’t be more excited about once more working with my friends at Orion and BH Tilt to bring Belko to audiences. Genre fans are in for an unforgettable ride!”
Here’s the official synopsis for The Belko Experiment:
On what appears to be a normal day at Belko Industries, Belko employees are horrified when they find out that they’ve become guinea pigs in a company-wide experiment which will lead them to either kill their fellow employees or be murdered themselves. The experiment is masterminded by a mysterious voice which is controlling the loud speaker and instructing the employees to slaughter each other by any means necessary.