Nicolas Cage Action Film ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ Picked Up by RLJE Films Ahead of Sundance

Japanese auteur Sion Sono directs the film that also stars Sofia Boutella and Nick Cassavetes

Nicolas Cage Prisoners of the Ghostland
Courtesy of Sundance Institute

RLJE Films has acquired the U.S. rights to “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” an action film starring Nicolas Cage that is set to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this week.

Japanese auteur Sion Sono (“Why Don’t You Play In Hell”) directs “Prisoners of the Ghostland,” which is described as a mashup between Westerns, samurai films, action movies and post-apocalyptic thrillers. And RLJE Films is the same team that released Cage’s “Color Out of Space” and “Mandy,” both of which were similarly indie, art house movies that have become cult favorites. No release date has been set for the latest film.

“Prisoners of the Ghostland” also stars Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley, Tak Sakaguchi and Yuzuka Nakaya.  The film is set in the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town where a ruthless bank robber (Cage) is sprung from jail by the wealthy warlord The Governor (Moseley), whose adopted granddaughter Bernice (Boutella) has gone missing. The Governor offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Cage’s character however is strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct within three days if he fails to retrieve the young woman and find his own path to redemption.

Aaron Hendry and Reza Sixo Safai wrote the screenplay. Joseph Trapanese composed the original score.

“Prisoners of the Ghostland” is presented by Patriot Pictures and was fully financed by Michael Mendelsohn’s Union Patriot Capital Management. XYZ Films produced, and is handling worldwide sales, with plans to introduce the film to buyers after Sundance.

“We’re excited to once again work with Nicolas Cage on a highly anticipated film directed by the celebrated Japanese filmmaker Sion Sono,” Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer of RLJE Films, said in a statement. “Following the success of ‘Mandy’ and ‘Color Out of Space,’ ‘Prisoners of the Ghostland’ is already receiving great buzz and we cannot wait for audiences to see it at Sundance.”

The film was produced by Mendelsohn for Patriot Pictures, Laura Rister for Untitled Entertainment, Ko Mori for Eleven Arts, Reza Sixo Safai for Boos Boos Bang Bang and Nate Bolotin for XYZ Films. It was executive produced by Natalie Perrotta, Nick Spicer, Aram Tertzakian and Yuji Sadai.

Ward and Jess DeLeo from RLJE Films negotiated the deal with Bolotin from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.


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