Indie production studio Gunpowder & Sky has acquired teen slasher comedy Tragedy Girls out of Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival.

The film follows two death-obsessed teens who host a digital talk show during which they discuss real-life tragedies. The two girls, played by Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) and Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool), send their midwestern town into a frenzy. Tragedy Girls made its Canadian debut at Fantasia — a genre film festival that is currently under way — though it formerly bowed at South By Southwest. It is slated for a theatrical release later this year.

Directed by Tyler MacIntyre, who co-wrote the script with Chris Lee Hill, Tragedy Girls was produced by The Comeback Kids and New Artist Pictures in association with Ardor Pictures. Kerry Rhodes served as EP. MacIntyre says of aligning with Gunpowder that the Tragedy team was seeking a distribution partner “that shared our passion for the theatrical experience.”

Tragedy Girls is a wild, meta horror comedy with some of the most badass female teens we’ve seen on the screen,” said Gunpowder & Sky’s VP of acquisitions, Jake Hanly, who brokered the deal alongside CAA. “MacIntyre has established himself as a horror director to watch, someone who’s steeped in the history of the genre while bringing a fresh and authentic take.”

Tragedy Girls is the latest addition to Gunpowder & Sky’s roster of forthcoming projects, which includes The Little Hours (from I Heart Huckabees co-writer Jeff Baena); an adaptation of the zombie road trip novel Eat, Brains, Love; and the Jackass-style stunt series Too Stupid To Die. Gunpowder was founded by former Viacom exec Van Toffler, ex-Endemol chief Floris Bauer, and Otter Media.

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