Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm, has acquired worldwide rights to a new doc about strange accounts of a clown terrorizing children in Florida.
In 2014, disturbing videos began to surface on YouTube, depicting a creepy clown in Naples, Florida, appearing in children’s bedrooms. Soon, “Wrinkles,” as he became known, was spotted around the city, and more videos were uploaded, depicting him waving at traffic on highways, pushing empty shopping carts, holding balloons in front of a suburban home, and more. Wrinkles the Clown became an internet meme, and stickers and phone numbers were plastered on telephone poles and in bathrooms, offering to terrorize misbehaving children.
Wrinkles the Clown was financed and produced by Topic Studios and will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest, with a theatrical release set for October.
The film was directed and co-written by Michael Beach Nichols, with co-writer and editor Christopher K. Walker. Jennie Bedusa, Jon Lullo, Brendan Walter, Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill served as producers. Michael Bloom, Ryan Heller and Jihan Robinson executive produced for Topic Studios, alongside EP Abby Davis.
The global distribution deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by Magnolia EVP Dori Begley and Magnolia SVP of acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Endeavor Content. Magnolia’s head of international sales, Lorna Lee Torres, and international sales manager, Marie Zeniter, will launch international sales at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
All international rights are available.
“Michael has concocted an incredibly unsettling film evocative of urban legend classics like Slender Man and The Blair Witch Project,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles in a statement. “From Pennywise to the Joker, creepy clowns have terrified people for decades. Wrinkles the Clown gives them a reason to fear.”
“Magnet understands that when your kid is acting up, there’s only one clown to call,” added Nichols. “I’m incredibly grateful to Topic Studios for helping produce this tantalizingly twisted film and to Magnet for their help in exposing this weird and wild story to the rest of the world.”