RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has acquired the US rights to the action/adventure film Prisoners of the Ghostland ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  This buzz-worthy movie has an all-star cast and has been well received thus far and is sure to make a splash on the Sundance scene.

Prisoners of the Ghostland was directed by acclaimed Japanese director, Sion Sono (Why Don’t You Play in Hell), and was written by Aaron Hendry and Rexa Sixo Safai (Western Wonderland).  The film stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy), Sofia Boutella (The Mummy), Nick Cassavetes (Face/Off), Bill Moseley (Texas Chainsaw Franchise), Tak Sakaguchi (Tokyo Tribe), and Yuzuka Nakaya (The Forest of Love). Joseph Trapanese (Tron: LegacyThe Raid: RedemptionThe Greatest Showman) composed the original score.

“We’re excited to once again work with Nicolas Cage on a highly-anticipated film directed by the celebrated Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer of RLJE Films. “Following the success of Mandy and Color Out of SpacePrisoners of the Ghostland is already receiving great buzz and we cannot wait for audiences to see it at Sundance.”

Prisoners of the Ghostland takes place in the dangerous frontier city of Samurai Town where a ruthless bank robber (Cage) is sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord who goes by ‘The Governor’ (Moseley), and whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Boutella) has gone missing. The Governor offers the bank robber his freedom in exchange for retrieving his granddaughter. As extra motivation to complete the job, the bandit is strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within three days. So the thief sets off on a journey to find the missing young woman — and his own path to redemption.

Prisoners of the Ghostland was produced by Michael Mendelsohn (Cut Throat City, Hangman, Lord of War) for Patriot Pictures, Laura Rister (The TaleLovelaceMargin Call) for Untitled Entertainment, Ko Mori (Lords of Chaos) for Eleven Arts, Reza Sixo Safai (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night) for Boos Boos Bang Bang and Nate Bolotin (Mandy) for XYZ Films. XYZ Films worked on previous Cage hits Mandy and Color Out of Space which were also released by RLJE.

Can’t catch the film at Sundance? Not to worry! After Sundance, the film will available for international buyers, likely making Prisoners of the Ghostland available worldwide available later this year!

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