Boy, do we love our shark horror around these parts, which is why we’re pleased to bring you the news that RLJE Films and Shudder has acquired North American distribution rights to GREAT WHITE! The film is the feature debut of director Martin Wilson and stars the lovely Katrina Bowden. Get all the details on the pick-up down below.
From The Press Release
RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, and Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, have acquired the North American rights to the horror/action film, GREAT WHITE from Altitude Film Sales. RLJE Films plans to release the film in theaters this summer with Shudder premiering the film on its platform later in the year.
Written by Michael Boughen (Dying Breed) and directed by Martin Wilson in his feature debut, GREAT WHITE stars Katrina Bowden (Piranha 3DD, “30 Rock”), Aaron Jakubenko (“Tidelands”), Kimie Tsukakoshi (Riptide), Tim Kano (“Neighbours”), and Te Kohe Tuhaka (Love and Monsters, “The Dead Lands”).
“We’ve all been afraid to go back into the water since 1975 and GREAT WHITE is going to keep us out of the water for years to come,” says Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films. “There is no better time than the summer to bring this suspenseful and terrifying new film to audiences.”
In GREAT WHITE, a blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare when five seaplane passengers are stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival, the group try to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface.
GREAT WHITE was produced by Neal Kingston (Nerve), Michael Robertson (The Reef), and Pam Collis (Black Water: Abyss) through new production outfit Thrills & Spills. Ward and Jess De Leo on behalf of RLJE Films and Emily Gotto from Shudder negotiated the deal with Mike Runagall and Gursharn Khaira of Altitude Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT RLJE FILMS
RLJE Films’ recent features include the critically acclaimed horror film The Dark and The Wicked from Director Bryan Bertino; Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Archenemy starring Joe Manganiello; and the instant cult-classic horror/comedy Psycho Goreman. Upcoming releases include the SXSW world premiere film, Jakob’s Wife, from director Travis Stevens and starring Barbara Crampton and Larry Fessenden; and David Oyelowo’s directorial debut, The Water Man, starring Oyelowo, Rosario Dawson, Lonnie Chavis and Alfred Molina. 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 http://www.shudder.com.
ABOUT AMC NETWORKS
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 (formerly branded “UMC”). 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 Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business.
ABOUT ALTITUDE MEDIA GROUP
Altitude Media Group is the independent UK based studio led by Will Clarke chairman and joint-CEO with Andy Mayson, comprising of Altitude Film Production, Altitude Film Sales with Managing Director Mike Runagall, Altitude Film Distribution with Managing Director Hamish Moseley and Altitude Factual with Managing Director Paul Sowerbutts. In February 2020 US based investment group 30WEST took a significant minority stake in the group.
Altitude Film Sales’ slate includes: survival thriller Out Come The Wolves from the Canadian filmmaker Adam MacDonald, SAS: Red Notice starring Sam Heughan, Ruby Rose, Andy Serkis, Hannah John-Kamen, Tom Hopper, Noel Clarke and Tom Wilkinson; Son, Ivan Kavanagh’s horror starring Andi Matichak and Emile Hirsch; The Power by BAFTA-nominated writer-director Corinna Faith and starring Rose Williams; Great White directed by Martin Wilson, starring Katrina Bowden; Jetski, directed by James Nunn; feature documentary Diana from Academy-Award nominee Ed Perkins; and Chasing Chaplin from BAFTA and Sundance nominated filmmakers Peter Middleton and James Spinney.
ABOUT THRILLS & SPILLS
Thrills & Spills is a development and production company based in Byron Bay, Australia and specialises in Aussie Thrillers. Established in 2018 by acclaimed producers Neal Kingston & Michael Robertson they have since completed their first two feature films Black Water: Abyss and Great White. They are currently setting two immediate features, The Reef: Stalked and Coffin Bay for production in Australia in 2021, as well as developing a slate of film and television projects for the Australian and international marketplace.