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Lionsgate Acquires Rapture, Schedules Antebellum for August

Lionsgate today announced that the studio has slated the worldwide theatrical release of Antebellum, the first film from the writing/directing team of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, for August 21, 2020. In advance of that release, the studio has signed a deal for the duo’s next film, titled Rapture.

The announcement was made today by Nathan Kahane, President of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group and Erin Westerman, President of Motion Picture Production for the studio.

Lionsgate is reteaming with the Antebellum filmmakers on Rapture.

Lionsgate made the deal for Rapture after a highly-competitive bidding situation erupted for the material. Bush+Renz have written a short story that will form the basis of their original screenplay. Rapture will be their next project as writer/directors; they will begin writing the screenplay immediately.

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QC Entertainment’s (Us, BlacKkKlansman, Get Out) Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield, who alongside Bush + Renz, Lionsgate and Zev Foreman produced Antebellum, will reunite to produce Rapture. Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz will also produce. Zev Foreman will serve as executive producer.

Rapture is coming next from the creators of Antebellum.

QC’s Ted Hamm and Maya Rodrigo will executive produce and co-produce, respectively. Jim Miller and Aaron Edmonds will oversee the project for Lionsgate.

Rapture is a mind-bending nightmare of Biblical proportions in which a family is torn apart by warring beliefs and must come together to unravel the mystery around the sudden vanishing of the global population – before it’s too late.

Janelle Monáe in Lionsgate thriller Antebellum.

Commenting on the announcement, Kahane said, “We could not be more excited to release Bush+Renz’s Antebellum on August 21. After the amazing experience of collaborating on that film, we’re excited to build a second film with these prolific and daring auteurs. Like with everything they do, Rapture will be beautiful, evocative and will pierce through the clutter, and we’re certain it will spark many important conversations.

“They are the kind of voices we need right now. We couldn’t be more proud to be working with them along with Sean McKittrick and Raymond Mansfield at QC Entertainment and Zev Foreman as we bring their films to audiences everywhere.”

Janelle Monáe in Lionsgate thriller Antebellum.

Bush + Renz said: “In Lionsgate, we could not wish for more committed studio partners than Joe Drake, Nathan Kahane, Damon Wolf and their teams, who demonstrated their support of our vision as artists and filmmakers at every juncture of the development and production process with Antebellum.

“We look forward to continuing our efforts in collaboration, to redefine the theatrical experience for the moviegoing audience with our next project, Rapture.”

Janelle Monáe in Lionsgate thriller Antebellum.

“We are thrilled to join our industry and exhibitor partners as we begin to plan for a return to moviegoing,” said David Spitz, President of Worldwide Distribution.

“With tentpole movies from major distributors, like Warner Bros.’ Tenet and Wonder Woman 1984, and Disney’s Mulan, all lined up for late summer, we believe that by August 21, audiences will be eager for the distinctive, unique story and voice of these groundbreaking filmmakers’ debut, Antebellum. Like those films, Antebellum is a movie that demands to be seen and experienced in a theater.”

Antebellum stars Janelle Monáe, Marque Richardson, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Tongayi Chirisa, Gabourey Sidibe, Rob Aramayo, Lily Cowles, and Jena Malone.

In the thriller, successful author Veronica Henley (Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality and must uncover the mind-bending mystery before it’s too late.

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