Sept. 24, 2020 – RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has acquired the North American rights to the action/thriller, ARCHENEMY, ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Beyond Fest.
The film marks the third collaboration between RLJE Films and SpectreVision, after Mandy and Color Out of Space. ARCHENEMY will be released in Theaters, On Demand and Digital on December 11, 2020.
Written and directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer (Daniel Isn’t Real) from a story by Mortimer and Lucas Passmore (No Good Heroes), the film stars Joe Manganiello (“True Blood”), Skylan Brooks (“Empire”), Zolee Griggs (“W-Tang: An American Saga”), Paul Scheer (“Black Monday”), Amy Seimetz (Pet Semetary) and Glenn Howerton (“It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”).
“We’re excited to be back in business with SpectreVision after the incredibly successful releases of Mandy and Color Out of Space,” said RLJE Films Chief Acquisitions Officer Mark Ward. “With Joe Manganiello’s strong performance and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s innovative direction, we couldn’t have asked for a better dream team to showcase ARCHENEMY at Beyond Fest and in theaters and various platforms in December.”
In ARCHENEMY, Max Fist (Manganiello) claims to be a hero from another dimension who fell through time and space to Earth, where he has no powers. No one believes his stories except for a local teen named Hamster. Together, they take to the streets to wipe out the local drug syndicate and its vicious crime boss known as The Manager.
ARCHENEMY was produced by SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood along with Kim Sherman, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Joe Manganiello and Nick Manganiello. Ward and Jess DeLeo from RLJE Films negotiated the deal with SpectreVision on behalf of the filmmakers.
ABOUT RLJE FILMS
RLJE Films’ recent features include Color Out of Space, based on the classic H.P. Lovecraft story, starring Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson and written and directed by Richard Stanley; and David Ayer’s The Tax Collector starring Bobby Soto and Shia LaBeouf. Upcoming releases include The Owners from director Julian Berg and starring Maisie Williams from “Game of Thrones”; and the sci-fi adventure 2067 starring Kodi-Smit McPhee and Ryan Kwanten and directed by Seth Larney. us.rljentertainment.com.
ABOUT AMC NETWORKS
Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); RLJE Films; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.
SpectreVision was founded in 2010 as a home for creator-driven projects that test the boundaries of the genre space. Films such as A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Cooties, Mandy and Color Out of Space have earned them spots at the most prestigious festivals in the world, as well as numerous awards and nominations. SpectreVision recently signed a two-year, exclusive first look deal with Legendary Television Studios. In the interactive space, they partnered with Ubisoft for the VR game Transference, which garnered 14 awards and nominations, including DICE, Raindance and IGN. In 2017, under their newfound Company X banner, they premiered the film Bitch at Sundance, followed the next year with Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss at the Tribeca Film Festival. They recently launched their marketing arm, Company X Marketing.