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WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions Acquire worldwide Rights to Sundance Thriller ‘Sleight’ (Pics)

WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions Acquire worldwide Rights to Sundance Thriller 'Sleight' (Pics)

WWE Studios and Blumhouse Productions announced that they have acquired all worldwide rights to the Sundance Film Festival 2016 selection, “Sleight,” directed by JD Dillard. 

BH Tilt, a division of Blumhouse run by John Hegeman, will oversee 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”, which premiered as part of the Sundance Film Festival’s NEXT section, is a dramatic thriller that blends science fiction and “street magic” in a tale set in Los Angeles. The film is JD Dillard’s directorial debut, written by Dillard and Alex Theurer, and stars Jacob Latimore, Dulé Hill, and Seychelle Gabriel.

The film is produced by Diablo Entertainment’s Eric B. Fleischman, formerly of Blumhouse, Sean Tabibian and Alex Theurer.

“‘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. “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,” said 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.”

Bradley Buchanan handled negotiations on behalf of WWE Studios, and CAA brokered the deal on behalf of Diablo and newly signed clients Dillard and Theurer.

No trailer yet; but check out the stills above and below.

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Adam Scott Thompson



The WWE will toss this in theaters for 2 weeks and toss it on DVD like they have so may of their previous films.


I just think this is sad that JD Dillard’s has WWE Entertainment involved.

Dankwa Brooks

Smh. 1. I’m not familiar with their other efforts, but this is NOT a film "by WWE Studios" they’re just marketing it. It’s like the local supermarket having commercials saying "Pepsi on sale", the supermarket doesn’t OWN Pepsi, but they damn sure gonna sell it.

2. I think this is AWESOME. The WWE audience, and I’m not one, seems like the perfect audience for this. Because it has no "stars" etc its audience would have been small, but with the WWE audience it should be greater.


Another movie by WWE Studios??? Nah I’m good on that.

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