Samuel Goldwyn Films acquires US rights to ‘Night Raiders’ – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired the US rights to Night Raiders, a director of a dystopian sci-fi feature film produced by Oscar winner Taika Waititi.
Writer / director Danis Goulet’s first feature film is set in 2043, exploring a future in which a military occupation controls disenfranchised cities in post-war North America. In this world where children are seen as the property of the regime that trains them for battle, a desperate Cree woman joins an underground vigilante group and infiltrates a state children’s academy, so she can reclaim her girl. A parable on the experience of the indigenous peoples of North America, Night riders is billed as “a female sci-fi drama about resilience, courage and love”.
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Night Raiders stars Elle-Maija Tailfeathers (Blood quantum), Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Burden of truth), Alex Tarrant (800 words), Amanda Plummer (pulp Fiction, Hunger games catch fire), Gail Maurice (The twilight zone) and Violet Nelson (The twilight zone). The producers of the film are Paul Barkin, Tara Woodbury, Ainsley Gardiner, Georgina Conder and Chelsea Winstanley. Waititi has produced, alongside Noah Segal, Tim White, Adrian Love, Kyle Irving and Lisa Meeches. XYZ Films manages international sales.
âWe are delighted to partner with Samuel Goldwyn Films for the US release of NIGHT RAIDERS following its Berlin premiere,â director Danis Goulet said in a statement. “The film is so relevant to all of North America and we are so grateful to have this opportunity to present it to American audiences with a company that has demonstrated its commitment to original voices and unique perspectives.”
âWe are extremely pleased to be working with Danis on his first feature film,â added Samuel Goldwyn’s director of theatrical acquisitions and sales, Miles Fineburg. âFollowing in the footsteps of other great science fiction films, she has done an incredible job of incorporating larger questions into this exciting and fulfilling story.â
The acquisition agreement was negotiated by Miles Fineberg on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films and Pip Ngo on behalf of XYZ Films.