Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S. rights for Ana Lily Amirpour’s dystopian love story “The Bad Batch” following its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“The Bad Batch” won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, where it had its world premiere last week. The story is set in a Texas wasteland amongst a community of cannibals and stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Yolonda Ross, with cameos from Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Diego Luna.
“The Bad Batch” is the follow-up to Amirpour’s directorial debut, “A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night.” Screen Media will release “The Bad Batch” in theaters in the first quarter. It will also play at Fantastic Fest later this month.
The production companies are Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures and Vice. Producers are Sina Sayyah and Danny Gabai. The film is co-produced by Sammy Scher and executive produced by Megan Ellison, Eddy Moretti, and Shane Smith.
“We’ve been impressed with Lily as a filmmaker ever since her first film and were blown away by her vision for ‘The Bad Batch.’ We couldn’t pass up the chance to work with her, Annapurna and Vice,” said Seth Needle at Screen Media Films.
Netflix has already bought the exclusive streaming rights. The Screen Media deal covers theatrical and transactional VOD/digital.
“’The Bad Batch’ is truly a cinematic experience, which needs to be seen on the big screen,” said Ana Lily Amirpour. “It just won’t be the same on a small scale and I’m excited to release it with Screen Media who totally gets that.”
The deal was negotiated by Needle and Tom Yagielski at Screen Media and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers, Annapurna Pictures and Vice Media.