Screen Media has acquired The Bad Batch, writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour‘s follow-up to her 2014 vampire film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Produced by VICE and Annapurna Pictures, The Bad Batch is a dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland among a community of cannibals. The film stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, and Yolonda Ross, with cameos from Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Diego Luna. Screen Media will release the movie in the first quarter of 2017.
“The Bad Batch is truly a cinematic experience, which needs to be seen on the big screen,” Amirpour said in a statement. “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.”
“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,” Seth Needle, SVP of Worldwide Acquisitions at Screen Media Films, added. “We couldn’t pass up the chance to work with her, Annapurna, and VICE.”
The Bad Batch won Special Jury Prize at the recent Venice Film Festival and will screen at the upcoming Fantastic Fest, which takes place at Austin, Texas’ Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar cinema from Sept. 22 to Sept. 29.