Marlon Wayans' Found-Footage Spoof w/ Essence Atkins Acquired For January 2013 Release
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Marlon Wayans' Found-Footage Spoof w/ Essence Atkins Acquired For January 2013 Release


Open Road Films has announced via press release that the company has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the Essence Atkins/Marlon Wayans found-footage spoof A Haunted House (previously titled Smart Ass).

Directed by Mike Tiddes from a script penned by Wayans and Rick Alvarezthe official synopsis reads:

In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Inside and other “found footage” movies, A HAUNTED HOUSE features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, it’s Malcolm’s girlfriend who is possessed by a demon. Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghostbusters to rid her of this unwelcome intruder, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his relationship… or, more importantly, his sex life.

Cedric The Entertainer co-stars. 

Open Road will release the film on January 11, 2013.


IM Global president of international sales Jonathan Deckter and the team expect a torrent of interest on a roster that includes Gold Circle’s supernatural thriller The Possession Of Michael King from first-time director David Jung and the thriller Chained from the producers of the Saw franchise starring Ryan Phillipe.


Marlon Wayans co-directed Untitled Found Footage Comedy with Mike Tiddes and the R-rated spoof is expected to find a US home within days.

The Wayans have certainly done well with these spoofs, from Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, to the Scary Movie franchise, to, most recently, Dance Flick, which both Wayans and Atkins worked on.

They weren't all box office hits, but overall, they've done fairly well; some even cracking the $100 million mark.

And I guess it was only a matter of time before those found-footage flicks were parodied.

We should get a first look at the film via a trailer soon enough, with January not-so far away.

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