In great news for anyone interested in seeing Nicolas Cage using a chainsaw to do bloody battle with a cult (And really, isn’t that all of us?), the Sundance Film Fetsival favorite MANDY has been picked up for theatrical release by RLJE Films.
While there are few details about how wide the release will be or when (other than Summer 2018), just knowing Panos Cosmatos’ follow-up to BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is getting any kind of theatrical release is a pleasant surprise. And, if I’m being honest, I’m simply excited this means that I will get to see it on the big screen without being lucky enough to catch it at a festival (if you haven’t figured it out yet, most of the news that I deem worthy of sharing tends to come from a place of selfishness).
You can read the full press release from RLJE Films after the poster.
LOS ANGELES, March 8, 2018 – RLJE Films, a brand of RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE), has acquired all U.S. rights to the highly anticipated action-thriller MANDY, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews.
Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), the film stars Academy Award-Winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas), Andrea Riseborough (Battle of the Sexes) and Linus Roache (“Vikings”). RLJE Films plans to release MANDY in theaters in Summer 2018 with an exclusive theatrical window.
“The best reviewed movie at Sundance is also one of Cage’s most extraordinary performances, reinvigorating our love and appreciation of him,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “Panos’ is a truly visionary filmmaker and we are beyond excited to unleash MANDY to the masses.”
In MANDY, outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.
MANDY was produced by SpectreVision, XYZ Films, and Umedia. The project was financed by Umedia and Piccadilly Pictures with additional support from Wallimage. The score was composed by Johann Johannsson.
The film currently maintains a perfect 100% critic’s score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE negotiated the deal with Nate Bolotin from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT RLJ ENTERTAINMENT
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premium digital channel company serving distinct audiences primarily through its popular OTT branded channels, Acorn TV (British TV) and UMC (Urban Movie Channel), which have rapidly grown through development, acquisition, and distribution of its exclusive rights to a large library of international and British dramas, independent feature films and urban content. RLJE’s titles are also distributed in multiple formats including broadcast and pay television, theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-ray, and a variety of digital distribution models (including EST, VOD, SVOD and AVOD) in North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Additionally, through Acorn Media Enterprises, its UK development arm, RLJE co-produces and develops new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited.
RLJE Films’ new and upcoming features include Brawl in Cell Block 99 starring Vince Vaughn and written and directed by S. Craig Zahler, I Kill Giants with Zoe Saldana and Madison Wolfe, and Terminal starring Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg and Mike Myers. www.us.rljentertainment.com.