Blumhouse’s Run Sweetheart Run acquired by Amazon Studios
After making its debut at Sundance Film Festival this year, Blumhouse Productions and Automatik’s upcoming supernatural horror film Run Sweetheart Run has found its home as Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the project, according to Deadline.
The film, written and directed by Shana Feste, centers on single mother Shari as she decides to brush away her previous hesitations and try out the dating scene once again after being urged on by one of her co-workers. After her boss sets her up on a blind date with Ethan, she’s thrilled as he initially proves to be charming and magnetic but the night becomes a nightmare as things turn sinister and she must find a way to escape, navigating the streets of L.A. after hours on foot.
“As crazy as audiences may find the film protagonist’s experience, I wrote and directed a film that is based on a very personal story for me and I’m thrilled that a global audience will have the chance to see it soon on Amazon Prime,” Feste said in a statement. “I’m also grateful to my friends at Universal and Blumhouse for their unending support of the film.”
The cast for the project is led by Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels) and Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones) and also features Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner), Dayo Okeniyi (Shades of Blue), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Star Trek Beyond).
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Blumhouse and Automatik. We can’t wait to bring this thriller to our global Prime Video customers,” Matt Newman, Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Filmmaker Shana Feste takes the audience on a knuckle-bending ride that is sure to keep genre fans on the edge of their seats.”
The film was originally set to hit theaters via Blumhouse Tilt on May 8, as well as show at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, but after this year’s global pandemic, the indie powerhouse production studio has elected to go the streaming route.
“Shana is a supremely talented writer and director, and we were fortunate to collaborate with her to help bring her vision to fruition,” producer Jason Blum said in a statement. “I’m thrilled that movie loving audiences around the world will get to see the film soon.”
In addition to writing and directing, Feste is also a producer on Run Sweetheart Run alongside Blum and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, while Jennifer Besser, Couper Samuelson, Bea Sequeira and Jeanette Volturno acting as executive producers.