Posted on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 by Peter Sciretta
Vincenzo Natali‘s film Splice, which was a hit at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, will be coming to a theater near you this Summer. Joel Silver’s Dark House Entertainment and Warner Bros will be releasing this odd “gene-warping creature feature” on June 4th 2010.
Here is more info on the movie from Russ’s previous posting about the initial deal:
I’ve been interested in this film since the first images were released almost a year ago (this is one early look) and Deadline Hollywood reports that Joel Silver is really interested in it. According to DHD, he and Dark Castle are in the end stages of a deal to give Splice a 3000-screen summer release, with a P&A (print and advertising) commitment of at least $25m and perhaps as high as $40m. That’s a lot of money for a movie like this. Will this be distributed via Warner Bros., with which Dark Castle is affiliated?
Here’s how David Chen summarized the plot’s early stages when he covered and reviewed the film from Sundance:
Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are a brilliant couple, biochemists who have figured out how to successfully combine different forms of animal DNA into a single creature. Their breakthroughs have many implications for the fields of science and health, but they have yet to crack the final frontier: an animal-human hybrid. When their superiors threaten to shut down their engineering project and put a stop to any further innovations, Elsa and Ed decide to take matters into their own hands.
He went on to say “I was expecting a standard-issue monster horror film. What I can state confidently is that Splice is definitely not that...Splice is less a horror film and more a quasi-serious exploration into the implications of playing God.