Lightning strikes deal on ‘Revenant’

Distributor Paladin to handle theatrical release of horror comedy

Worldwide rights holder Lightning Entertainment has struck a deal with Gotham-based distributor Paladin to handle the theatrical release of D. Kerry Prior’s horror comedy “The Revenant.”

Paladin plans to release the film theatrically in August in an initial 10 markets. That same day, pic will be available on VOD through Lightning’s distribution arm, Lightning Media. DVD will be released through Lionsgate under Lightning Media’s ongoing partnership with the company.

Deal with Paladin was negotiated by Paladin prexy Mark Urman and Lightning Entertainment’s Joseph Dickstein and Audrey Delaney.

VFX veteran Prior (“Starship Troopers”) wrote and directed the pic, which stars David Anders (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Chris Wylde (“The Ten”). Helmer also produced with Liam Finn (“Training Day” and Jacques Thelemaque (“Midnight Movie”).

“The Revenant,” which is described as being in the vein of horror comedies such as “Shaun of the Dead” and “Zombieland,” tells the story of a soldier and his slacker best friend who become zombies and use their newfound powers to become vigilante crime fighters with mixed, not to mention bloody results. Pic won audience awards at both Fantastic Fest and CineVegas.

“We are thrilled that ‘The Revenant’ has found a theatrical home at Paladin,” said Lightning prexy Robert Beaumont. “Mark’s prowess in theatrical distribution, as well as his well-honed skills in the U.S. independent marketplace, ensures that this film will have a long and successful future.”

“Kerry’s film is an extremely clever and stylish take on zombie folklore, and the praise he garners from our theatrical release will almost certainly excite the genre’s fans and position him as a director to watch,” added Urman. “I look forward to collaborating with Lightning Entertainment on this project, and expect it will be the first of several we do together.”