Daniel Stamm to Helm Angry Little God for Dimension

I’ll be honest … I have mixed feelings about filmmaker Daniel Stamm. Stamm directed THE LAST EXORCISM (which apparently wasn’t the last one, because there’s a sequel scheduled). I didn’t care for THE LAST EXORCISM, but I do recognize that it was a well made film. Well Stamm is back in the genre with the upcoming ANGRY LITTLE GOD. This is essentially a remake of the Thai horror flick, 13: GAME OF DEATH. The original went out of it’s way to gross out and disgust the viewer (I did appreciate that), so it’ll be interesting to see how far Stamm takes the f/x here. Check out the press release:

Dimension Films has announced its acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to the psychological thriller ANGRY LITTLE GOD from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). IM Global will finance and produce the film, an English-language remake of the Thai thriller 13: GAME OF DEATH, alongside Brian Kavanaugh-Jones of Automatik and Kiki Miyake. Jason Blum of Blumhouse (SINISTER, INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY) will executive produce with Somsak Techaratanaprasert.

Stamm and his writing partner, David Birke, adapted the script from the original film, which follows a bright but meek social services coordinator who’s drowning in debt and desperate as he’s about to marry the love of his life. He receives a mysterious phone call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he must execute 13 tasks to receive a cash prize of over $6,000,000. He accepts the challenge, but even with thousands of dollars suddenly appearing in his bank account, he realizes he’s in over his head. Trapped into the horrors manipulated by unseen spectators, his need to complete the game escalates as the tasks grow more extreme to a devastating point of no return.

“I was blown away by Daniel Stamm’s direction in THE LAST EXORCISM and have wanted to work with him ever since,” said Bob Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company. “We look forward to bringing his suspenseful ANGRY LITTLE GOD to American audiences.”

“Dimension is the perfect distributor for this kind of edgy genre material in the hands of a proven talent like Daniel. We’re looking forward to the ride,” said IM Global CEO Stuart Ford.

The deal was negotiated for Dimension Films by David Glasser, COO, The Weinstein Company, and on behalf of the film by IM Global’s Ford and President of Sales Jonathan Deckter.

Sounds like an interesting story. We’ll see what they do with it.

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2 Responses to Daniel Stamm to Helm Angry Little God for Dimension

  1. Katie says:

    I’m still baffled by the “need” for foreign films to be “Americanized” and then released in the U.S. Sometimes, a foreign film is excellent and does not need to be redone. I understand there might be cultural differences, but are we that clueless that we need everything Americanized? Anyway, I might check out the original because the concept sounds neat. As far as the American version? We will see. He is a good director, but it sounds as if he needs to push it on this and sometimes directors just don’t have the guts (sorry about the pun!).