It was announced Thursday that RLJE Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the Nicolas Cage-starring action-thriller Mandy, and that the company plans to release the already semi-notorious film this summer. Written and directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), Mandy stars Cage and Andrea Riseborough as a couple whose existence is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand.
Mandy premiered at the recent Sundance Film Festival, where it prompted strong reactions from audience members. “You could argue that Nicolas Cage has been embracing his inner weirdness for a while now,” EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote in his round-up of the festival’s best movies. “But that still won’t prepare you for the extreme, psychedelic over-the-topness of Panos Cosmatos’ Mandy — a fever dream of a film that was appropriately slotted into Sundance’s Midnight section. About half of the audience I saw it with walked out; the other half seemed to be in gonzo heaven. In what is essentially a gory revenge flick on angel dust, Cage plays Red — a logger whose girlfriend (Andrea Riseborough) is terrorized by a posse of lunatic Jesus freaks and the half-man, half-monsters who do their blood-spattered bidding. When people describe certain movies as ‘not for everyone,’ this is exactly what they’re talking about. I loved it and can’t wait to see it again.”
“The best reviewed movie at Sundance is also one of Cage’s most extraordinary performances, reinvigorating our love and appreciation of him,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer at RLJE Films, in a statement. “Panos is a truly visionary filmmaker and we are beyond excited to unleash Mandy to the masses.”
Mandy currently has a 100 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes and costars Linus Roache from Vikings.