PRODUCTION BEGINS IN THE NETHERLANDS ON NICO VAN DEN BRINK’S
XYZ Films executive producing and selling world rights minus Benelux, with Splendid Film set to release in the territory
Production is underway in the Netherlands on director Nico van den Brink’s horror-thriller MOLOCH. With a screenplay by van den Brink and Daan Bakker, from a story by Nico van den Brink with additional support from Jaap Peter Enderle, MOLOCH is produced by Sabine Brian and Ronald Versteeg for NL Film (Amsterdam). Todd Brown and Maxime Cottray are executive producing for XYZ Films. MOLOCH will be released theatrically throughout the Benelux by Splendid Film with XYZ Films representing worldwide sales outside of Benelux.
In the film, 38-year-old Betriek lives at the edge of a peat bog in the North of the Netherlands. When she and her family are attacked by a random stranger one night, Betriek sets out to find an explanation. The more she digs, the more she becomes convinced that she is being hunted by something ancient.
MOLOCH is the debut feature film from Nico van den Brink, who rose to prominence on the international festival circuit thanks to a string of acclaimed short films. One of those shorts – The Burden, also produced by NL Film – is currently in development as an English-language feature that will be van den Brink’s second film, with James Wan and Sam Raimi producing.
XYZ’s recent slate of sales titles include the completed STOWAWAY starring Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette, which will be released as a Netflix Original on April 22, 2021. Other titles include Netflix original THE TRIP starring Noomi Rapace and Aksel Hennie, CUS AND MIKE starring Anthony Hopkins, current production NOCEBO with Eva Green and Mark Strong, Sion Sono’s PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND, starring Nicolas Cage and Sofia Boutella, which premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW horror-thriller GAIA, which was recently acquired by Decal. XYZ is also in post-production on DUAL starring Karen Gillan, Aaron Paul and Beulah Koale.