Mike Flanagan has been on quite the roll throughout the decade. After releasing the acclaimed independent horror flick Absentia, the director found mainstream success with Oculus and Ouija: Origin of Evil, as well as in his two Netflix hits, Hush and Gerald’s Game. The only thing that has seemed to not work out in favor of the filmmaker is the release, or non-release, of his fantasy horror film, Before I Wake.
Relativity Media acquired the United States distribution rights back in April of 2014, eyeing a release in May of the following year. Before the film’s release, Relativity pushed the date back to September, eventually pulling the film from the schedule entirely after filing for bankruptcy. Before I Wake was then unsuccessfully rescheduled for a release date in April of 2016, and again for September of the same year before, again, being pulled entirely from the schedule.
Netflix gained rights to Before I Wake for every country outside of the US, releasing the film in April of 2017, but there was little hope from fans, and Flanagan himself, that the film would be released in the United States.
According to Mike Flanagan, Netflix now owns the worldwide rights to Before I Wake, and will be releasing the film in the US on January 5th, 2018.
After almost four years of intense frustration, I’m thrilled to confirm that @netflix will release BEFORE I WAKE in the US on January 5th.
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) December 13, 2017
Before I Wake stars Thomas Jane and Kate Bosworth as foster parents who adopt a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) who, unbeknownst to them, has dreams and nightmares that magically, and horrifically, come to life.
Will you be watching in January?
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