XYZ, the ‘Under The Shadow’ duo re-team to support genre filmmakers – Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Mandy and The Prodigy XYZ outfit Films teamed up with Under the shadows Team Two & Two Pictures as part of a partnership to discover, develop and produce projects by first and second time genre filmmakers from under-represented demographic groups.

London and Los Angeles-based Two & Two duo Lucan Toh and Babak Anvari were the producer and director of the 2016 Sundance hit and the BAFTA-winning horror, respectively. Under the shadows, which was sold by genre specialist XYZ.

The new gender pact is expected to produce two to three images per year. The first project under the partnership will be History of evil, a horror thriller, written and directed by Iranian-American filmmaker Bo Mirhosseni. Produced by X Y Z Films, Two & Two Pictures and Jake Siegel, X Y Z co-takes over national sales with CAA Media Finance, with Pip Ngo as point manager for X Y Z.

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In the film, a Latinx family on the run from a corrupt state takes refuge in a safe house with an evil past – a terrifying final stop on an Underground Railroad in the near future.

Born in Tehran and raised in Long Beach, Mirhosseni cut his teeth directing music videos for Mac Miller, Disclosure and Alison Wonderland, and has done commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Samsung, Honda and the NBA.

“We are delighted to be working with the talented and visionary team of X Y Z to help find and nurture genre filmmakers from under-represented demographic groups. X Y Z have been such staunch supporters ever since Under the shadows, and we look forward to bringing more daring and unique films, like History of evil, to the world through this partnership, ”said Two & Two Pictures.

“After working with Babak and Lucan on Under the shadows we knew we had found filmmakers who shared our passion for genre storytelling. Together, as part of this initiative, we are able to leverage our combined resources to empower the next generation of filmmakers, starting with Bo with his striking debut film. History of Evile,” said X Y Z Movies.

XYZ’s recent sales list includes Netflix sci-fi Stowaway, Cus and Mike with Anthony Hopkins, Nocebo with Eva Green and Mark Strong, and Sion Sono’s Ghostland prisoners, starring Nicolas Cage and Sofia Boutella, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

Two & Two produced Anvari’s second feature film Injuries, and the anthology horror series Monsterland for Hulu. They have a first TV deal at AMC studios.

Mirhosseni is replaced at Verve and Alibi. Anvari is replaced by WME, Independent Talent, Grandview and Ziffren Brittenham.

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