NEW YORK, NY (April 6, 2023) – Shudder, AMC Networks’ premiere streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural is acquiring QUICKSAND, directed by Andrés Beltrán (TARUMAMA, MALAYERBA), written by Matt Pitts (WESTWORLD), and starring Carolina Gaitán (ENCANTO, NARCOS) and Allan Hawco (JACK RYAN, REPUBLIC OF DOYLE). Territories include U.S., UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and are set to premiere on the service on June 23, 2023. The film will also stream on AMC+ where available (US, CA, ANZ).
The English-language film, which was shot entirely in Bogota, Colombia, follows an American couple on the brink of divorce who travel to Colombia for a work conference. While on a hike through the rainforest, a storm causes them to become trapped in a pit of quicksand. Unable to move, it becomes a struggle for survival as they battle the elements of the jungle and a venomous snake in order to escape.
QUICKSAND was produced by Sangre Films, which is a joint venture between Colombian outfit Elemental Stories and U.S. companies 222 Pictures and Dawn’s Light Movies, produced by Jason Cherubini, Nicolás Reyes, Sean Patrick Burke and executive produced by Richard Switzer, Martin Ramos, John Harris and Kris Meyer.
Director Andrés Beltrán said, “Making QUICKSAND was such a thrilling and challenging experience. I hope people can relate to the intense emotions Carolina and Allan portrayed so well. We shot the film on location, in a cold forest in the mountains of Colombia. Although the weather conditions were harsh for the actors and crew, we kept enjoying the process because we wanted to tell this story as real as possible.”
Producer Jason Cherubini added, “This has been such an exciting project to be a part of. Working with the Colombian crew was amazing and seeing the very talented Carolina Gaitan and Allan Hawco bring the vision of our director Andres Beltran to life has been a fantastic experience. I can’t wait for audiences to experience it.”
The deal was negotiated by Emily Gotto on behalf of Shudder and Altitude Film Sales’ Mike Runagall on behalf of the filmmakers.
Shudder continues to be at the forefront of curating many of the most exciting and critically-lauded independent and international genre films, including the recent viral hit, Skinamarink from director Kyle Edward Ball’s, Jayro Bustamante’s La Llorona and Joko Anwar’s Impetigore (both official selections for the 2021 International Oscar race), Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, Josh Ruben’s Scare Me, Jeff Barnaby’s Blood Quantum, Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge, Issa Lopez’s Tigers Are Not Afraid and Shinichiro Ueda’s One Cut of the Dead. The service has also garnered attention for its original programming including the breakout hit series “Creepshow” under showrunner Greg Nicotero, Jay Cheel’s “Cursed Films” and the acclaimed documentary Horror Noire: A History Of Black Horror. Upcoming films include the critically-acclaimed Sundance breakout birth/rebirth directed by Laura Moss and the latest installment in the anthology franchise V/H/S/85, including segments from David Bruckner,Scott Derrickson, Mike P. Nelson, Natasha Kermani, and Gigi Saul Guerrero.
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. For a 7-day, risk-free trial, visit www.shudder.com.
Altitude Media Group is the independent UK based studio launched in 2012 by chairman Will Clarke and joint-CEO Andy Mayson. The group comprises of Altitude Film Production, Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall, Altitude Film Distribution with Managing Director Lia Devlin, Altitude Factual with Managing Director Paul Sowerbutts and Altitude Television. Since 2020, US based investment group 30WEST have held a significant minority stake in the group.
Altitude Film Sales’ current slate includes original horror-comedy, HELL OF A SUMMER, written, directed by and starring Finn Wolfhard and Billy Bryk; true-crime docu-drama, SPEEDWAY about the notorious 40-year-old unsolved ‘Burger Chef’ murders; international thriller, THE PRIZE starring Jason Clarke and Haley Bennett; THE WRATH OF BECKY, Matt Angel and Suzanne Coote’s sequel to 2020 hit, Becky starring Lulu Wilson and Seann William Scott; Barnaby Thompson’s feature doc, MAD ABOUT THE BOY chronicling the life of English playwright, Noël Coward; Spencer Brown’s sci-fi thriller, T.I.M. starring Georgina Campbell; James Erskine’s genre-busting doc, THE FLIGHT OF BRYAN; Colombian director, Andres Beltran’s gripping thriller, QUICKSAND; Academy Award-winning director Laura Poitras’ Golden Lion-winning, OSCAR and BAFTA-nominated documentary on artist Nan Goldin, ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED; Tanel Toom’s atmospheric sci-fi LAST SENTINEL starring Kate Bosworth; Gonzalo López-Gallego’s thriller AMERICAN STAR starring Ian McShane; and high concept survival thriller NO WAY UP.