Ahead of its world premiere at this year’s Fantastic Fest, RLJE Films has acquired North American rights to Joe Begos' action-horror feature VFW. Following the premiere, the film is scheduled to be released in theaters and on VOD and Digital HD first quarter 2020.
In VFW, a group of war veterans must defend their local VFW post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants.
"We are so excited to work with the legendary Stephen Lang," said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films. "With Joe Begos at the helm, we have no doubt that the movie will create waves at this year’s Fantastic Fest and set the momentum for the upcoming release."
Written by Max Brallier ("The Last Kids on Earth") & Matthew McArdle and directed by Begos (Almost Human, Mind’s Eye), the film stars Stephen Lang (Avatar, Don’t Breathe), William Sadler (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Die Hard 2), Fred Williamson (Black Caesar, From Dusk Till Dawn), Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, "Cobra Kai"), George Wendt ("Cheers"), David Patrick Kelly ("Twin Peaks"), Tom Williamson ("The Fosters"), Sierra McCormick (The Vast of Night), Travis Hammer ("Godless"), and Dora Madison ("Friday Night Lights").
The film was produced by Dallas Sonnier (Bone Tomahawk), Amanda Presmyk (Satanic Panic) and Josh Ethier (Bliss). Executive Producers are Media Finance Capital’s David Gilbery and Charles Dorfman, Fangoria’s Danielle Cox and Phil Nobile Jr., Stephen Lang, Noah Lang, Bobby Campbell, Adam Donaghey, Jonathan Deckter and Marc Hofstatter.
Mark Ward and Jess DeLeo from RLJE Films and Sonnier from CINESTATE negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. VFW premieres at Fantastic Fest alongside a 35mm print of Begos’s third feature Bliss.
Fantastic Fest takes place September 19th to 26th, 2019 in Austin.