Image Entertainment, an RLJ Entertainment (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the Cyclone Productions, Inc./Robert Weinbach production thriller, Shiver. Directed by UK based, multi-film festival award-winner Julian Richards, UK’s multi film fest award winner, the film is based on the novel by New York Times best selling Author Brian Harper (a.k.a. Michael Prescott), who has over one million copies of his novels in circulation. The film stars Danielle Harris (Halloween), John Jarratt (Wolf Creek) and Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) and features TV actors Rae Dawn Chong (That’s So Raven), Valerie Harper (Drop Dead Diva) and European action-star Brad Harris. Bill Bromiley, Image Entertainment’s Chief Acquisitions Officer for Image Entertainment made the announcement today.
“The horror/genre community has created a lot of positive word of mouth online about this highly anticipated film,” said Bromiley. “Their support will push this title to its success, and we’re thrilled to add this film to our slate.”
Shiver follows the ordeal of Wendy Alden, a young secretary lacking in self-esteem who becomes the target of a savage killer but, somehow finds resources of courage to fight back and escape. Obsessed with killing Wendy, Franklin Rood, penetrates a police cordon to guard her. Again, she escapes, earning Rood’s twisted sense of love. He later kidnaps and brings her to his hideout where he subjects her to a horrific ritual of psychological intimidation. During the final climax, Wendy confronts the monster of her living nightmare, transforming to a lioness of great courage and determination.
Written and Produced by Robert Weinbach, Executive Produced by Brad Harris and Co-Produced by AJ Gordon, the film was shot on location in Portland, Oregon pursuant to the Oregon Film Incentive Program. The deal was negotiated by Image Entertainment’s Mark Ward, Jess De Leo and Circus Road’s Glen Reynolds on behalf of the filmmakers.
Now an Official Selection at 20 International Film Festivals, Shiver has garnered three Best Actress Awards, a Best Screenplay Award and a Most Shocking Feature Award as well as nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor.
Recent Image Entertainment releases include The Numbers Station with John Cusack and Malin Akerman, Tomorrow You’re Gone with Stephen Dorff, Michelle Monaghan and Willem Dafoe, Day of the Falcon with Antonio Banderas, Freida Pinto and Mark Strong and the upcoming The Colony with Laurence Fishburne, Bill Paxton and Kevin Zegers, Blood with Paul Bettany, Mark Strong and Brian Cox and Paradise with Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Octavia Spencer and Holly Hunter, written, directed and produced by Diablo Cody.