Blumhouse Productions and WWE Studios have partnered up at the Sundance Film Festival to acquire all worldwide distribution rights to “Sleight.” The film, which premiered in the NEXT section at this year’s festival, marks the directorial debut of JD Dillard.
“Sleight” blends science fiction and magic in the story of a young trickster named Bo (Jacob Latimore), who is forced to give up college to support his younger sister. He relies on his talented street magic skills to make money, but these illusions aren’t used to impress pedestrians and onlookers for a few quarters and dimes; instead, Bo uses his sleight of hand skills as a means of peddling drugs for the local drug dealer, played by the Emmy-nominated Dulé Hill. After Bo gets in over his head and his sister is kidnapped, he’s forced to rely on his magic and his mind to save her.
“‘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 an official 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.
The deal was reportedly made in the low seven-figure range. No specific release plans have been made yet.