Back in May we reported on Lightning Entertainment acquiring the sales rights for Kerry Prior's amazing zombie comedy, The Revenant, and now on the eve of AFM 2011 they've found a distributor ... themselves! We can't blame them for not wanting to let this one go. Read on for the details.
The Revenant will be released by Lightning Media in the U.S., Lightning Entertainment's domestic distribution label, and screen at the American Film Market.
The film tells the story of a soldier (David Anders, from TV’s "24" and "The Vampire Diaries") who is killed in Iraq and then finds himself resurrected as a "revenant," or one who has returned from the dead. He turns to his slacker best friend (Chris Wylde) to help him manage his newfound thirst for blood, and the duo quickly realize that this zombie-fied state is a perfect opportunity to become vigilante crime fighters. Their adventure quickly becomes more complicated and bloody than they expected, however.
The Revenant has garnered incredible reviews and won numerous awards on the international festival circuit, including the Best Director and Audience Awards at Fantastic Fest and Zompire (the Undead Film Festival), and the Audience Award at CineVegas; and has played to packed houses at top festivals like Sitges, the Brussels International Film Fest, and the Fantasia Film Festival.
The Revenant's director Kerry Prior wrote the original screenplay and produced the film with Liam Finn, and Jacques Thelmaque.