This is why we always give a lot of attention to the Midnight Madness program assembled each year for the Toronto Film Festival: it generates some of the most fun in the fest, and some of the quickest sales. (If not always the quickest releases: don’t bring up the All the Boys Love Mandy Lane.)

The Raid was sold before Toronto started, so the biggest Midnight Madness sale is undoubtedly the horror flick You’re Next, directed by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The two were TIFF vets thanks to their previous film A Horrible Way to Die, and Barrett’s script for the 2004 film Dead Birds. Now we’ll all get to see You’re Next sometime in 2012 thanks to Lionsgate. Read More »

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A Horrible Way To Die

A.J. Bowen, Amy Seimetz, and Joe Swanberg have been cast in Adam Wingard‘s thriller A Horrible Way to Die. Written by Simon Barrett (Dead Birds), the story follows an escaped murderer (Bowen) in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend (Seimetz), who has fled to start a new life in a small town. Swanberg plays the ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend. The photo above is from the movie, which is currently shooting in Columbia, Missouri.

Barry Pepper (Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, 25th Hour) joins Matt Damon, Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld in the Coen brothers’ adaptation of True Grit. Pepper will play “Lucky” Ned Pepper, the notorious outlaw played by Robert Duvall in the 1969 film adaptation. [Variety]

Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman will star in Wedding Crashers helmer David Dobkin‘s body-switching comedy The Change-Up, written by The Hangover scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. Bateman plays a responsible family man who switches bodies with his lazy man-child best friend (Reynolds). [variety]

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