HBO Latin America has acquired Latin American pay-TV and SVOD rights to the Paraguayan haunted hospital box office smash Morgue Morgue.
Buenos Aires-based sales agent Filmsharks previously licensed rights in South Korea (Lumix Media) and Russia, CIS and Baltics (Rocket Releasing) for anticipated third quarter releases, as well as Central America (Las Guardas), Colombia (Cine Colombia), Japan (AT Entertainment), Taiwan (AV-Jet), and Peru, Chile and Bolivia (Andes Film).
Talks are ongoing for the US, UK, Mexico, Brazil, France, and Germany.
Hugo Cardozo wrote, directed and produced the HJ Producciones film in Spanish and Guarani starring Pablo Gonzales as a security guard trapped in a remote hospital where he has a paranormal encounter.
Morgue generated more than 60,000 admission in Paraguay to rank as the top local release of last year, out-grossing It: Chapter Two, and Annabelle Comes Home.
Screenwriter Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Bird Box) is producing an English-language re-imagining of Morgue through his Chronology production company, which has a first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. Cardozo and FilmSharks head Guido Rud will serve as executive producers.