New Cast Gets 'Stung' This Fall!


Film to Shoot In Berlin with Matt O'Leary and Jessica Cook as Leads

LOS ANGELES, CA - August 28, 2013 - Rat Pack Filmproduction and XYZ Films have announced today that Matt O´Leary (BRICK, LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD), Jessica Cook (MISTRESSES, MTV’s AWKWAR), Peter Stormare (PAIN AND GAIN, HANSEL AND GRETEL) and Lance Henriksen (THE TERMINATOR, ALIENS) have been added to the cast of the horror comedy STUNG. The film, to be directed by Benni Diez (KINGZ), is produced by Christian Becker and Benjamin Munz from Rat Pack Filmproduction (THE WAVE, WE ARE THE NIGHT) and executive produced by XYZ Films (THE RAID: REDEMPTION). The film is currently set to start shooting in Berlin on October 22nd, 2013 and has been sold in multiple territories, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, France and Scandinavia to independent distributor eOne:

In STUNG, a fancy garden party goes terribly wrong after a local species of wasps mutate into giant predators. It's up to Paul and Julia, two catering staffers at the high-society event, to stop the killer creatures - an effort that kick starts a budding romance between the two.

STUNG was developed by producer Benjamin Munz at Rat Pack Filmproduction (Munich & Berlin) based on an idea by Adam Aresty, who won RatPack’s 2012 horror-writing contest “Write for your life.“

“STUNG, to me, is bringing the creature feature cult film feeling from the 80s into the present and a modern day fun-horror movie” says director Benni Diez.

From 2008 to 2011 Diez was CEO of Kingz Entertainment, a production company specializing in visual effects for commercials (Toshiba, Shell, Audi) and feature films (Lars von Trier's "Melancholia"). He is repped by ICM.

Recently, XYZ executive produced the hit action film THE RAID: REDEMPTION which was released by Sony Pictures Classics last year.

XYZ Films and PT Merantau Films are currently in production on the highly anticipated THE RAID 2, which reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who will be reprising his starring role. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) acquired THE RAID 2 in several territories, and Sony Pictures Classics will once again release the film theatrically in the United States.

XYZ Films and Merantau are in post-production on KILLERS, which is co-directed by Timo Tjahjanto and Kimo Stamboel, with Gareth Huw Evans and Rangga Maya Barack-Evans executive producing. Evans and Tjahjanto recently collaborated on SAFE HAVEN, a celebrated segment in the horror anthology film V/H/S/2, which just premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

XYZ Films is also acting as executive producers on the upcoming supernatural thriller, OUT OF THE DARK. Participant Media is financing the film, which is a co-production between Colombia's Dynamo and Spain's Apaches. The company recently premiered their co-productions FRANKENSTEIN ARMY at Rotterdam and Tribeca and THE RAMBLER at Sundance. 

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