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NEW CM PUNK FILM ACQUIRED BY RJLE FILMS & SHUDDER AHEAD OF DEBUT AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

By Mike Johnson on 2021-02-20 10:15:00

The following press release was issued:

RLJE FILMS & SHUDDER ACQUIRE NORTH AMERICAN RIGHTS TO “JAKOB’S WIFE” AHEAD OF ITS WORLD PREMIERE AT SXSW FILM FESTIVAL

LOS ANGELES (February 18, 2021) – RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, have acquired the North American rights to the horror film, JAKOB’S WIFE, ahead of its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. RLJE Films plans to release the film in theaters and on Demand on April 16, 2021 and Shudder will premiere the film on its platform in later in the year.  Shudder has also acquired UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand rights.

Directed by Travis Stevens (Girl on the Third Floor), he co-wrote the film with Mark Steensland (The Special) and Kathy Charles (Castle Freak). JAKOB’S WIFE stars Barbara Crampton (Re-AnimatorYou’re Next), Larry Fessenden (HabitStake Land), Nyisha Bell (Coming 2 America), Mark Kelly (The Hot Zone), Sarah Lind (Wolfcop), Robert Rusler (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Vamp), Bonnie Aarons (The Nun, The Conjuring 2), and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk, Girl on the Third Floor).

“We’re thrilled to acquire JAKOB’S WIFE ahead of its world premiere at SXSW,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “This film has already garnered tremendous following during production, and we’re confident JAKOB’S WIFE will be well received at the festival.”

In JAKOB’S WIFE, Anne is married to a small-town minister and feels like her life and marriage have been shrinking over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master,” she discovers a new sense of power and an appetite to live bigger and bolder than before. As Anne is increasingly torn between her enticing new existence and her life before, the body count grows and Jakob realizes he will have to fight for the wife he took for granted.

JAKOB’S WIFE is an AMP production, produced by Bob Portal (It Came From The Desert), Inderpal Singh (The Hoarder), Barbara Crampton (Beyond The Gates) and Stevens.  Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE Films and Emily Gotto from Shudder negotiated the deal with James Norrie and Nina Kolokouri of AMP International on behalf of the filmmakers.

ABOUT RLJE FILMS

RLJE Films’ recent features include Color Out of Space starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson and written and directed by Richard Stanley; the critically acclaimed horror film The Dark And The Wicked from director Bryan Bertino; Steve Byrne’s The Opening Act from producers Vince Vaughn and Peter Billingsley; David Ayer’s The Tax Collector and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Archenemy. Upcoming films include Sion Sono’s 2021 Sundance Film Festival premiere Prisoners of the Ghostland starring Nicolas Cage and Sofia Boutella; and David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man starring Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson and Lonnie Chavis.  us.rljentertainment.com.

ABOUT SHUDDER

AMC Networks’ Shudder is a premium streaming video service, super-serving members with the best selection in genre entertainment, covering horror, thrillers and the supernatural. Shudder’s expanding library of film, TV series, and originals is available on most streaming devices in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Australia and New Zealand. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.

ABOUT AMC NETWORKS

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK (formerly branded “UMC”). AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business.

ABOUT AMP INTERNATIONAL

AMP International is an international sales, financing and production company set up by James Norrie and Nina Kolokouri with Alliance Media Partners’ Bob Portal and Inderpal Singh.  AMP International sells, finances, markets, packages and produces films by new and established filmmakers. With over 20 years of sales, marketing and production experience, and the resources to fully or part finance projects from its own equity and gap funds, the AMP group is a one-stop shop for filmmakers.

Recent credits include Anna And The Apocalypse (Orion US/Vertigo UK), critical and fan favourite The EndlessBlue Iguana starring Sam Rockwell, Ana starring Andy Garcia and Dafne Keen, SXSW Audience Award winner 68 Kill, Tribeca award-winner The Gasoline Thieves, and Sundance Midnight movie Amulet, written and directed by Romola Garai.

ABOUT BARBARA CRAMPTON

Barbara Crampton has been an iconic figure in horror for 35 years. With memorable roles in Re-Animator, You’re Next and We Are Still Here and numerous other films, her influence as an actress reflects a deep and long relationship with the genre. Crampton’s recent move into producing with Beyond the Gates, Castle Freak 2020 and now JAKOB’S WIFE confirms her presence as one of the leading female voices in independent horror today.

ABOUT TRAVIS STEVENS

Travis Stevens’ writing and directorial debut was Girl on the Third Floor, premiered at SXSW, which was the 2019 Fangoria Chainsaw Award winner for Best First Feature.  Travis is the award-winning producer behind Snowfort Pictures (Cheap Thrills, Jodorowsky’s Dune).

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