RLJE Films and Shudder Acquire Neil Marshall’s THE LAIR from Highland Film Group

RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks’ streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, have acquired the North American rights to the horror film, THE LAIR, with Shudder also picking up the rights for UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Following its World Premiere at FrightFest in August, RLJE Films will release THE LAIR In Theaters, on Demand and Digital October 28, 2022. Shudder will release the film early 2023.

Written and directed by Neil Marshall (The Descent) and co-written by Charlotte Kirk (The Reckoning), THE LAIR stars Kirk (Ocean’s Eight), Jonathan Howard (Thor: The Dark World), and Jamie Bamber (“Battlestar Galactica”).

“After directing the scariest horror film of its decade, The Descent, Neil Marshall is back with another terrifying trip underground,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer of RLJE Films. “THE LAIR proves yet again that Neil Marshall is a true master of horror.”

“We are thrilled to have the team at RLJE Films and Shudder come on board to release THE LAIR. They are the ideal partner to introduce this action horror film to audiences in the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand,” said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser. “THE LAIR offers an edge-of-your-seat experience with terrifying creatures and delivers exhilarating thrills that audiences love!” added Highland Film Group COO Delphine Perrier.

In THE LAIR, Royal Air Force pilot Lt. Kate Sinclair (Charlotte Kirk) is shot down over Afghanistan and finds refuge in an abandoned underground bunker where deadly man-made biological weapons – half human, half alien – are awakened.

THE LAIR was produced by Rather Good Films Ltd and British Producer Daniel-Konrad Cooper with financing from Ashland Hill Media Finance, Ingenious and Trigger Films. Highland Film Group is handling international sales on the film.

Ward and Jess De Leo from RLJE Films negotiated the deal with Arianne Fraser of Highland Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers.

RLJE Films’ recent and upcoming features include writer/director Riley Stearns’ latest film, DUAL, starring Karen Gillan and Aaron Paul; David Oyelowo’s directorial debut The Water Man; the intense No Man of God starring Elijah Wood and Luke Kirby from director Amber Sealey; and the apocalyptic holiday dramedy from writer/director Camille Griffin, Silent Night, starring Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode and Roman Griffin Davis. us.rljentertainment.com

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. To experience Shudder commitment-free for 7 days, visit www.shudder.com.

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK. AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and 25/7 Media, its production services business.

Led by founding partners Arianne Fraser and Delphine Perrier, Highland Film Group (HFG) is an independent worldwide sales, film financing, production and distribution company. Launched in 2010, HFG has had success across a wide range of film genres and platforms, building a reputation for handling high-octane films in the action/thriller/horror space, focusing on cast, director, and filmmaker driven content.

HFG’s diversified production and sales slate includes the action thriller Land of Badstarring Russell Crowe and Liam Hemsworth; the action thriller Blood For Duststarring Scoot McNairy, Kit Harington and Josh Lucas; Neil LaBute’s Fear the Nightstarring Maggie Q; Tim Sutton’s fictional music biopic Taurus starring Colson Baker, Maddie Hasson, Scoot McNairy and Megan Fox; Lea Thompson’s rom-comManville; Daniel Casey’s Wardriver starring Dane DeHaan and Sophie Turner; Rusty Cundieff’s 57 Seconds starring Morgan Freeman and Josh Hutcherson; the horror thriller Felix starring Benjamin Evan Ainsworth; John Stalberg Jr.’s Muzzlestarring Aaron Eckhart; Andy Fickman’s One True Loves starring Simu Liu, Phillipa Soo and Luke Bracey; Savage Salvation starring Robert De Niro, John Malkovich and Jack Huston; Adrian Grünberg’s The Black Demon starring Josh Lucas; The Lair directed by Neil Marshall; Petr Jakl’s Medieval starring Ben Foster and Michael Caine; John D. Eraklis’ and Tara Whitaker’s Pierre the Pigeon-Hawk with the voices of will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Whoopi Goldberg and Howie Mandel; Mark Earl Burman’s Ambush starring Aaron Eckhart, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Connor Paolo and Jason Genao; Stephan Rick’s The Good Neighbor starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Luke Kleintank; Edward Drake’s Gasoline Alley starring Bruce Willis, Luke Wilson and Devon Sawa; Mark Neveldine’s Panama starring Mel Gibson and Cole Hauser; K. Asher Levin’s Slayers starring Thomas Jane, Abigail Breslin and Malin Akerman; Casey Tebo’s Black Friday! starring Devon Sawa and Bruce Campbell; Mauro Borelli’s Warhunt starring Mickey Rourke; Andrew Baird’sOne Way starring Colson Baker, Kevin Bacon and Travis Fimmel; Avan Joglia’sDoor Mouse starring Hayley Law, Famke Janssen and Keith Powers; Allan Ungar’sBandit starring Josh Duhamel, Mel Gibson and Elisha Cuthbert; Herbert James Winterstern’s Supercell starring Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche; James Cullen Bressack’s Hot Seat starring Mel Gibson and Kevin Dillon; The Tiger Rising starring Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid and the Fortress franchise starring Bruce Willis.

Previous titles include Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level starring Naomi Watts, Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo; Dimitri Logothetis’ Jiu Jitsu starring Nicolas Cage and Tony Jaa; Lin Oeding’s thriller Braven starring Jason Momoa; Scott Mann’s Final Scorestarring Dave Bautista and Pierce Brosnan; Berlin, I Love You with Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, Jim Sturgess, Mickey Rourke, Diego Luna and Jenna Dewan Tatum; Vaughn Stein’s Terminal starring Margot Robbie  and Renny Harlin’s The Misfits starring Pierce Brosnan, Nick Cannon and Tim Roth.

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