Soon after its world premiere, WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions acquired all worldwide rights to the 2016 Sundance Film Festival selection, “Sleight,” directed by JD Dillard.
A dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and “street magic” in a tale set in Los Angeles, “Sleight” stars Jacob Latimore as Bo, a young street magician struggling to take care of his little sister in the wake of his mother’s death. After he gets in too deep to make ends meet, Bo finds he has to turn to magic to save his family and himself from unimaginable danger.
The film also stars Seychelle Gabriel and Dulé Hill.
“Sleight” is JD Dillard’s directorial debut, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer.
Diablo Entertainment’s Eric B. Fleischman, formerly of Blumhouse, Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer are all producers.
BH Tilt, a division of Blumhouse, run by John Hegeman, is overseeing the release and marketing of the film. WWE Studios will leverage WWE’s extensive platforms from weekly TV shows, including WWE’s flagship programs, Monday Night Raw and SmackDown, digital, social media and WWE Network, to market the film.
“‘Sleight’ is a smart, fresh and ambitious movie that was different from anything else we saw at the festival,” said Michael Luisi, WWE Studios President in a previous statement. “We are thrilled to be working again with Jason and the team at Blumhouse, and now John and BH Tilt, to bring JD Dillard’s compelling first feature to audiences worldwide.”
“We love low-budget filmmaking because it allows directors to take creative risks and that is exactly what JD Dillard did with ‘Sleight,’ a truly original and unique movie,” added Blumhouse Founder and CEO Jason Blum. “We are excited to once again collaborate with Michael and WWE Studios, and to have BH Tilt continue to take advantage of the evolution in digital marketing.”
An April 7, 2017 USA theatrical release date has been set.
A first full trailer for the film premiered today and is embedded below: