Get ready for a spine-ripping fantasy epic...
...Via Deadline, Shudder and RLJE Films have acquired North American rights to writer/directors Philip Gelatt and Morgan Galen King The Spine of Night, which just world premiered during SXSW and which I absolutely adored as a throwback to animated fantasy epics like Heavy Metal. You can read my review here.
In The Spine of Night:
"This epic begins many years ago when an ambitious young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant and, as he falls to its darker temptations, unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind. As his power grows over the years, there are many who stand against him. Among them are a daring tomb-robber, star-crossed lovers, a maniacal necromancer, winged assassins, and an undying guardian."
The film stars Richard E. Grant (STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA), Lucy Lawless (ASH VS. EVIL DEAD, XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS ), Patton Oswalt (THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2, PARKS AND RECREATION), Betty Gabriel (GET OUT, UPGRADE), and Joe Manganiello (JUSTICE LEAGUE, SPIDER-MAN), also featuring Abby Savage (ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK), and Larry Fessenden (THE DEAD DON’T DIE, DEPRAVED) and Rob McClure.
The Spine of Night will come to theaters in late 2021 and in 2022 on Shudder, which also has UK, Australia and New Zealand rights.
By Matt Konopka