Kerry Prior’s festival hit follows horror comedy about two slackers who become zombies and use their newfound powers to become vigilante crime fighters. David Anders, Chris Wylde star.
Vice-president of acquisitions and marketing Audrey Delaney will oversee the film’s promotional campaign and market launch in Cannes next week. The Santa Monica-based company will show a new trailer and are staging one invitation-only market screening.
Prior, Liam Finn and Jacques Thelmaque produced the film, which won the best director and audience awards at Fantastic Fest and Zompire (the Undead Film Festival) and also screened at Sitges, the Fantasia Film Festival and CineVegas.
“We’re thrilled to bring The Revenant to Cannes for our buyers,” vp of international sales Mathilde Aupetit said. “This film is one of the coolest, funniest and scariest horror movies we have seen in a long time, and we know our buyers will love it – it’s a non-stop ride of thrills and action.”
“I’m really excited to be working with Lightning,” Prior said. “Joe [Dickstein, Lightning svp of acquisitions] has been a big cheerleader for the movie since seeing it in the festivals, and has been totally supportive of my vision for the theatrical rollout of the film. I’m really pleased to be working with such great folks.”
Dickstein negotiated the deal with WME’s Graham Taylor on behalf of the filmmakers.