Cornerstone Films boards Australian arachnophobia horror ‘Sting’


London and Los Angeles-based Cornerstone Films is to handle worldwide sales on Kiah Roache-Turner’s Australian arachnophobia horror Sting and will begin shopping the project at Cannes.

It is set for a late 2022 shoot in Sydney.

New Zealand-based Weta Workshop will create the physical puppet effects.

Sting is produced by Jamie Hilton and Michael Pontin through See Pictures together with Pictures in Paradise’s Chris Brown.

Set in New York, Sting begins with an egg falling from the sky and smashing through the window of a rundown apartment building. From the egg emerges a strange little spider that is found by a 12 year-old girl.

Roache-Turner began his career in commercials and in 2015 he released his debut film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead which premiered at Fantastic Fest in Austin. His follow up feature Nekrotonic, starring Monica Bellucci, premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and Wyrmwood: Apocalypse won the Audience Award at the 2021 Sydney Film Festival.

Cornerstone’s Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder commented: “Kiah has written a hugely entertaining script that delivers multiple thrills and twists in an extremely audience-friendly way.”