Ever since its premiere at Fantastic Fest last year The Conspiracy has been pretty close to the top of my must-see list. The is-or-isn't it real assembled footage story of two documentary filmmakers who track down a crazed conspiracy theorist only to have him go missing brought not only rave reviews but rave reactions from festival crowds. Now wider US audiences will be able to see it for themselves with news that XLerator Media has acquired all US distribution rights to the thriller written and directed by Christopher MacBride and produced by Lee Kim. To quote the press release:
XLerator Media CEO Barry Gordon announced the deal today.
"Christopher's riveting film explores the fascinating world of the Illuminati, conspiracy theorists and secret societies. THE CONSPIRACY is a cinematic thrill-ride that challenges our notion of what is 'truth,' and reveals those shadowy forces that will do anything to control it," said Gordon.
When two young filmmakers (played by Aaron Poole and Jim Gilbert) select a crazed conspiracy theorist as the subject of their new movie, they have no idea the terrifying peril they will put themselves in. When the man disappears without a trace, the filmmakers begin an obsessive quest to uncover the truth that will lead them to an ancient and dangerous secret society. A meticulously researched thriller based on real conspiracy theories, THE CONSPIRACY blurs the line between fact and fiction, news and propaganda.
The film was inspired by actual conspiracy theories, notably those surrounding the Bohemian Club and the Bilderberg Group, both secretive organizations closed to the public and made up of a who's who of power players in international politics and business.
Canadian writer-director MacBride's thriller pitch "Echo" was bought earlier this year by 20th Century Fox with Shawn Levy to produce through his Fox-based 21 Laps banner.
THE CONSPIRACY premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin. The deal was negotiated by Gordon and Michel Urich of XLrator Media with Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian of XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
XLerator plans a late summer 2013 release. Check out the trailer for The Conspiracy below.