While one could easily confuse ‘Come to Daddy’ with the name of an adult film, it is actually a new horror comedy starring Elijah Wood (‘Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency’,’The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring’). The movie premiered last month at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and the U.S. distribution rights were just picked up by Saban Films. The distributor was planning a theatrical release and shared the deal at the Cannes Film Festival with XYZ Films representing international sales of the feature.
Wood plays a man named Norval, who is in his thirties. When he gets a surprise invitation from his estranged father, he “travels to a remote Oregon cabin to reconnect with” him. Also starring in the feature are Stephen McHattie (‘Pontypool’) and Martin Donovan (‘Weeds’).
‘Come to Daddy’ is the directorial debut by producer Ant Timpson who crafted the film around a script that Toby Harvard penned around Timpson’s initial pitch. On the production end of things, Mette-Marie Kongsved and Laura Tunstall are tackling it for Nowhere with Daniel Bekerman of Toronto’s Scythia Films, “Katie Holly of Dublin’s Blinder Films, Emma Slade for New Zealand-based Firefly Films and Harvard.”
According to Bill Bromiley of Saban Films:
“‘Come to Daddy’s’ horror and comedy mix is perfectly balanced and creates a wonderfully wild atmosphere that’ll keep audiences guessing — all the way through.”
Wood tends to lend himself to exciting roles, so I’m eager to see a full trailer drop and share the pacing and tone of the movie. A target release date has not yet been announced.
Are you excited for ‘Come to Daddy’? Have you enjoyed Elijah Wood’s other films since ‘Lord of the Rings’ as he stepped into quite different roles? Share your thoughts in the comments below!