EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International in partnership with Celluloid Dreams has licensed North American rights for Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body to Shout! Factory.

The film screens at the AFM on November 6 and at AFI FEST on November 8. It premiered recently in Toronto’s Vanguard strand and has gone on to play Sitges Film Festival, Etrange Festival and Busan.

Over Your Dead Body is set in a theatre as a troupe of players rehearse a 200-year-old tale of murder, betrayal and phantasmagorical vengeance that begins to intertwine with reality.

Shout! Factory plans a strategic roll-out across multiple platforms and in all packaged media in 2015.

“We are just thrilled to be working with Shout! Factory” said Mongrel International president Charlotte Mickie. “They have a fantastic track record and did a wonderful job with Miike’s masterpiece Audition. We know that they will be terrific partners.”

“Takashi Miike is unquestionably one of the preeminent filmmakers of his generation, and his uniquely creative take on this classic Japanese ghost story will both delight his longtime fans and earn him new ones,” said the Shout! Factory founders.

“We’re excited to be in business with him again and to begin the first of what will hopefully be many partnerships with Mongrel International.”