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Development: Fox Family buys Paper Lanterns; pick up for horror film The Final Wish

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Nov 28, 2018, 2:44 PM EST

Two films have been picked up – one kid-friendly, the other decidedly not – in this edition of SYFY WIRE’s development roundup. 

First up, Fox Family has picked up Paper Lanterns, a live-action/animation hybrid feature to be written by illustrator Jonny Sun, author of the graphic novel Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too. Chernin Entertainment will produce.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, which first broke the news, Fox Family has described Paper Lanterns as a story for all ages “that pays homage to Chinese folklore in a way that feels contemporary and fresh,” and not much else. (Yeah, we don’t have any plot or story details.)

Sun recently teamed with Lin-Manuel Miranda for Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You. He is also a writer for the sixth season of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman.

(Via THR)  

Lin Shaye in The Final Wish

Lin Shaye in The Final Wish (Cinedigm)

Meanwhile, Cinedigm has announced that it has acquired the North American Distribution rights to Status Media & Entertainment’s horror film The Final Wish, a film most certainly not for the kids.

Written by Final Destination scribe Jeffrey Reddick directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., The Final Wish follows a young man (Michael Welch) struggling in his life and career, who returns home to his devastated mother (Lin Shaye) following the death of his antiques-collecting father.

Once home, he encounters a run of good luck, including winning the lottery and reconnecting with an old flame. Still, he can’t shake the feeling that there’s something sinister at work, and his good fortunes may be connected to a mysterious antique that (legend has it) grants wishes but kills and steals souls in return. Spencer Locke, Melissa Bolona and Tony Todd also star.

Cinedigm’s Executive Vice President of Acquisitions Yolanda Macias said in a statement: “The Final Wish is a suspenseful horror film with emotionally-complex characters and themes that remain with viewers long after the credits roll.” 

Added Macias: “Timothy and his team further elevate the picture with rich production design and beautiful cinematography and, of course, ample scares that will not fail to satisfy genre fans.” 

The Final Wish is set to be released in theatres early next year.