Variety is reporting that RLJE Films and Shudder have acquired the North American rights for horror film Seance.
The film follows Camille Meadows, the new girl at the prestigious Edelvine Academy for Girls. Soon after her arrival, six girls invite her to join them in a late-night ritual, calling forth the spirit of a dead former student who reportedly haunts their halls. But before morning, one of the girls is dead, leaving the others wondering what they may have awakened.
RLJE Films are intending on giving the film a cinematic release, along with renting On Demand and digital platforms on 21st May 2021, while Shudder will premiere the film later in the year on the streamer. The report also states that Shudder have also acquired the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand rights.
Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films, released a statement saying:
We’re so excited to finally be working with the amazingly talented writer and director of Seance, Simon Barrett. Following the ever-growing success of his previous work on You’re Next, we can’t wait to share Seance with audiences.
Craig Engler, General Manager of Shudder, released a statement saying:
The Shudder team are big fans of Simon Barrett’s work as a screenwriter, so we leapt at the chance to be the streaming home for his directorial debut. We know our members will be chilled and delighted by what Barrett has crafted with Seance.
Director Simon Barrett released a statement saying:
I’m thrilled that Seance has found a home with RLJE Films and Shudder, who are at the vanguard of releasing unique and original genre films. Both companies clearly respect and understand horror fans, for whom Seance was made.