Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to filmmaker David Burkman’s thriller “Haze,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Written and directed by Burkman, the film stars Kirk Curran, Mike Blejer, Jeremy O’Shea, Kristin Rogers, and Sophia Medley. “Haze” will hit theaters on Oct. 13, followed by a release on all digital platforms on Oct. 17.
The film takes place in the aftermath of a brutal hazing death, when a college freshman’s desire to join a fraternity is threatened when his older brother launches an anti-hazing crusade. Burkman also produced with Jayme Aronberg.
“Hollywood has always been fascinated with Greek Life, but ever since the seminal ‘Animal House,’ the genre tends towards comedy, and the depictions of hazing are usually innocuous,” Burkman said. “‘Haze’ is an uncompromising look at what really goes on behind fraternity and sorority house walls. We are thrilled to work with Gravitas and their daring team to get this unique film into the world.”
The deal was negotiated by Chad Miller of Gravitas, and by Verve on behalf of the filmmakers.