Today, we have a first look at Aquaman and Justice League star Jason Momoa taking on a decidedly different role in the upcoming thriller The Bad Batch. He is seen alongside co-star Suki Waterhouse. Screen Media Films has acquired the U.S. rights for Ana Lily Amirpour's The Bad Batch in an all-night bidding session prior to its North American premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The news comes fresh off the movie's Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, where it had its world premiere last week.
A dystopian love story set in a Texas wasteland amongst a community of cannibals, the film stars Suki Waterhouse, Jason Momoa, Giovanni Ribisi, Yolonda Ross, with cameos from Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey, and Diego Luna. The Bad Batch is the highly anticipated follow-up to Amirpour's acclaimed directorial debut A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night. Screen Media will release The Bad Batch in theaters in Q1 2017 and will also play at Fantastic Fest later this month. Said Seth Needle, SVP Worldwide Acquisitions, at Screen Media Films.
"We've been impressed with Lily as a filmmaker ever since her first film and were blown away by her vision for The Bad Batch. We couldn't pass up the chance to work with her, Annapurna and VICE. We couldn't be more excited about Seth and Tom's passion for Lily's beautifully freaky vision."
Added VICE's executive creative director Danny Gabai.
"She's created a film that's unlike anything else out there, and we can't wait to get 'The Bad Batch' on the big screen so we can start making people's brains hurt."
Said Annapurna's Ana Lily Amirpour.
"The Bad Batch is truly a cinematic experience, which needs to be seen on the big screen. It just won't be the same on a small scale and I'm excited to release it with Screen Media who totally gets that."
The deal was negotiated by Needle and Tom Yagielski, SVP, Domestic Distribution, at Screen Media, and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers, Annapurna Pictures and VICE Media. The Bad Batch is written and directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, produced by Sina Sayyah and Danny Gabai, co-produced by Sammy Scher, executive produced by Megan Ellison, Eddy Moretti, and Shane Smith, with cinematography by Lyle Vincent, sound by Chris Terhune, editing by Alex O'Flinn, and production design by Brandon Tonner-Connolly. The production companies are Annapurna Pictures and VICE. Take a look at Jason Momoa in The Bad Batch.