Guillermo del Toro near monster-sized deal for new horror flick

A monster-sized deal is in the works for the Frankenstein-esque film Splice, thanks to the Sundance Film Festival, according to Two weeks after the film premiered at Sundance, producer Joel Silver's Dark Castle is in the final stages of closing a huge distribution deal, which includes a wide summer release on 3,000 screens and a marketing commitment somewhere between $25 million and $40 million.

Splice, a tale of genetic mutation gone wrong, stars Adrien Brody (King Kong) and Sarah Polley (Dawn of the Dead) as two scientists who combine human and animal DNA to create a new creature. The Cube's Vincenzo Natali directed the film, with executive producer Guillermo del Toro guiding the project for over a year.

Sundance often generates film offers, but usually at $5 million or less. While the megabucks potential for Splice is huge, the Dark Castle deal is not the first deal via Sundance that Splice has been close to having. We'll have to wait and see if it goes through.

What do you think? Are you excited or grossed out about Splice?

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