RLJE Films & Shudder take over Jakob’s Wife, headed by Barbara Crampton

Before its world premiere at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), RLJE Films and Shudder acquired the North American rights to the horror thriller starring Barbara Crampton Jacob’s wife, with the former setting for a cinema and VOD release date in April.

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Directed by Travis Stevens (Girls on the third floor) and together with Mark Steensland (The Special) and Kathy Charles (Castle freak), The film revolves around Anne, who is married to a small town minister and feels that her life and marriage has shrunk over the past 30 years. After a chance encounter with “The Master” she discovers a new feeling of power and the appetite to live bigger and braver than before. As Anne becomes increasingly torn between her alluring new existence and her previous life, the number of bodies grows and Jakob realizes that he must fight for the woman he took for granted.

“We are very excited to acquire Jacob’s wife ahead of her world premiere at SXSW,” said Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer at RLJE Films, in a statement. “This film gained a huge following while it was being made, and we are confident that Jacob’s wife will be well received at the festival.”

In addition to Crampton (We are still here), the cast for the film includes Larry Fessenden (Stake land), Nyisha Bell (Coming 2 America), Mark Kelly (The hot zone), Sarah Lind (Wolfcop), Robert Rusler (A nightmare on 2 Elm Street, vamp), Bonnie Aarons (The nun, the incantation 2) and Phil Brooks (aka CM Punk, Girls on the third floor).

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The horror thriller is an AMP production by Bob Portal (It came from the desert), Inderpal Singh (The hoarder), Crampton and Stevens. RLJE Films is a division of AMC Networks, while Shudder is the studio’s premium streaming service for horror, thriller and supernatural titles.

Jacob’s wife will debut on SXSW in March, followed by select theaters and on VOD platforms on April 16.