As Venice kicks off with Toronto still on deck, the sales scene can now add WaZabi Films into the field of play with co-founders Anick Poirier and Lorne Price snagging sales rights to zombie thriller, Devil Inside.
Aussies Rachel Taylor (Jessica Jones) and Ryan Kwanten (Kidnapping Mr. Heineken) will star in the film for its Spring 2020 shoot in Tasmania from director Jonathan auf der Heide. Taylor will star in the role of Eva, a vet who journeys to the rainforest with her partner Alex after suffering a miscarriage.
Alex suddenly contracts Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease from a stray dog bite, turning him and other males into raging psychopaths targeting females. Eva is soon forced to choose between saving him and saving mankind.
Devil Inside was developed by Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania according to Screendaily. David Ngo (Rabbit) is producing, with Bryce Menzies (Hotel Mumbai) and Clement Dunn (Ghost Hunters) executive producing, and Oscar-winning New South Wales-based Odd Studio (Mad Max: Fury Road, Alien: Covenant) lending their services in prosthetics and effects.
WaZabi’s rights exclude Australia and New Zealand where Umbrella has dominion over its release.