What if your childhood imaginary friend returned in your teenage years... and they weren't as imaginary as you thought? The answer to that chilling question is explored in Adam Egypt Mortimer's Daniel Isn't Real, and following the film's well-received world premiere at SXSW earlier this year, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Shudder have acquired rights to the movie.

According to multiple outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter, Samuel Goldwyn Films and Shudder picked up North American rights to Daniel Isn't Real, with a theatrical and VOD release being planned for late this year.

Here's what Samuel Goldwyn Films' Miles Fineburg had to say about the acquisition (via THR):

"The film is striking in so many ways, from visuals and performances to the incredible execution of psychological horror. We immediately recognized that Adam had crafted something special here and are excited to partner with Shudder and bring it to audiences everywhere."

Directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer from a screenplay he co-wrote with Brian DeLeeuw (based on DeLeeuw's novel In This Way I Was Saved), Daniel Isn't Real stars Patrick Schwarzenegger, Miles Robbins, Sasha Lane, Hannah Marks, and Mary Stuart Masterson.

Stay tuned to Daily Dead for future updates, and in case you missed it, check HERE to read Heather Wixson's SXSW review of Daniel Isn't Real, as well as her interviews with Adam Egypt Mortimer, Miles Robbins, and Patrick Schwarzenegger.

Source: THR
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