LOS ANGELES, Sept. 5, 2019 – RLJE Films has acquired US rights to the highly-anticipated horror/sci-fi COLOR OUT OF SPACE in a low-mid seven figure deal ahead of its World Premiere at Midnight Madness at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to screen on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. at Ryerson Theater.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy, Leaving Las Vegas), Joely Richardson (“The Rook”, “Nip/Tuck”), Madeleine Arthur (“Snowpiercer”), Brendan Meyer (“The OA”), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House), Elliot Knight (“How to Get Away with Murder”), with Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) and Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong). The film is directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil) who will make his return to the Midnight Madness lineup after 29 years. He co-wrote the screenplay with Scarlett Amaris (The Theatre Bizarre).
“We’re beyond excited to be reteaming with SpectreVision and XYZ Films for COLOR OUT OF SPACE,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. “Nicolas Cage unleashes another memorable performance – an incredible follow up off the heels of MANDY.”
COLOR OUT OF SPACE is based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft. After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farmstead, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
COLOR OUT OF SPACE was financed by Ace Pictures and produced by SpectreVision. Producers include Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood and Josh C. Waller, while executive producers are Johnny Chang, Peter Wong, Timur Bekbosunov, Emma Lee, Stacy Jorgensen, Elisa Lleras and Michael M. McGuire. XYZ Films is handling international sales on the film.
The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward and Jess DeLeo from RLJE Films and Nate Bolotin from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT RLJE FILMS
A privately owned subsidiary of AMC Networks, RLJ Entertainment, Inc. 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, UHD, 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 commissions and co-produces new programs and owns 64% of Agatha Christie Limited. For more information, please visit RLJENTERTAINMENT.COM, ACORN.TV, and UMC.TV.
An RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand, RLJE Films’ recent features include the 2018 Sundance Film Festival hit Mandy from writer/director Panos Cosmatos and starring Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough and Linus Roache; Galveston starring Ben Foster and Elle Fanning and directed by Mélanie Laurent; and The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then The Bigfoot written and directed by Robert Krzykowski and starring Academy Award nominee Sam Elliott, Aidan Turner and Ron Livingston. us.rljentertainment.com.
SpectreVision was founded in 2010 as a home for creator-driven projects that test the boundaries of the genre space. Films such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Cooties, The Greasy Strangler, Mandy, and the upcoming Daniel Isn’t Real have earned them spots at the most prestigious festivals in the world, as well as numerous awards and nominations. They recently signed a two-year, exclusive first look deal with Legendary Television Studios. In the interactive space, SpectreVision partnered with Ubisoft for the VR game Transference, which garnered 14 awards and nominations, including DICE, Raindance and IGN. In 2017, SpectreVision’s parent entity, Company X premiered the film Bitchat Sundance, followed the next year with Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss at the Tribeca Film Festival. They recently launched their marketing and events arm, Company X Marketing.
ABOUT ACE PICTURES
Based in Los Angeles and Kuala Lumpur, ACE Pictures Entertainment is a film production and investment company, with a focus on genre film projects in partnership with diverse US production companies and producers.
Since its launch in 2017, ACE Pictures Entertainment provided full financing for drama CLEMENCY, winner of the 2019 Sundance Grand Jury Prize, starring Oscar-nominated / Golden Globe-winner Alfre Woodard, and acquired in the US by NEON and internationally by Focus Features; revenge thriller LEAVE NOT ONE ALIVE, starring Oscar-winner Melissa Leo and Bella Thorne; IMAGINARY ORDER, a dramedy, starring Wendi McLendon-Covey and directed by Spirit Award winner Debra Eisenstadt; M FOR MAGIC, a documentary about the world-renowned Magic Castle in Hollywood; CURRENT SEA, a documentary about illegal fishing in Cambodia; and produced alongside Elijah Wood’s Company X / SpectreVision, the supernatural thriller DANIEL ISN’T REAL, starring Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miles Robbins, acquired in the US by Samuel Goldwyn Films and internationally by Voltage; and horror COLOR OUT OF SPACE, starring Nicolas Cage and directed by Richard Stanley. ACE Pictures also provided partial financing for COME AWAY, a fantasy film, starring Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie and directed by Oscar-winner Brenda Chapman.
Johnny Chang, CEO of ACE Pictures, leads the team comprised of Peter Wong, President and Producer, Emma Lee, VP of Business Affairs, and Timur Bekbosunov, VP of Creative Affairs.