Founded just seven years ago, production and sales company XYZ Films has quickly established itself as one of the leading producers in genre entertainment, with recent efforts including The Raid and its sequel, Justin Benson’s award-winning Spring, and Kevin Smith’s sophomore horror, Tusk. Now the company has announced that it has already put together its first horror anthology, Holidays, with Kevin Smith high up on the list of directors for one of the segments.
Deadline reports that XYZ has partnered with John Hegeman’s newly-launched genre label, Distant Corners Entertainment, to produce the feature-length anthology, which is already in production.
Holidays will be a group of subversive tales fashioned around globally-recognised celebrations like Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and Mother’s Day, with each vignette directed by a separate indie or genre filmmaker.
Kevin Smith took to Twitter to announce that his segment will be called Hollow Ian.
Gary Shore, who’s coming off the back of his feature debut with Dracula Untold, will also be taking a segment, alongside Matt Johnson (The Dirties), Scott Stewart (Priest), Nick McCarthy, Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch (Starry Eyes), Sarah Adina Smith (The Midnight Swim), and Anthony Scott Burns (Manifold).
No word yet on any casting announcements, but the film is expected to feature well-known names.
“Holidays is a great opportunity for some of the most creative and twisted minds in the genre space today to really let loose and have fun,” said Hegeman.
The film is the first project for Distant Corners to go into production on, and their intent is to launch four to six genre properties a year.
XYZ will launch global sales at the European Film Market in Berlin this month.
There’s no word yet on exactly when Holidays might be heading to the big screen. But if production is already underway, and each segment can shoot fairly fast and lean, then it’s very possible this could be ready for Halloween 2015.
Paramount switched gears on Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension last month to push its release to October 23rd, alongside Lionsgate and Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter and Universal’s Jem and the Holograms. But the weekend of Halloween itself is fairly light, with only Paramount’s horror comedy Scouts vs. Zombies currently opening that weekend. Assuming each segment goes according to plan and can indeed shoot pretty quickly, I wouldn’t be at all surprised for this to land on October 30th this year.