Since Sundance, NEON has made many strategic and impressive acquisitions this year ranging from The Lonely Island’s “Palm Springs,” to Josephine Decker’s “Shirley” starring Elisabeth Moss, to the Joaquin Phoenix produced documentary ”Gunda.” This is coming off of 2019 in which the studio acquired many of the year’s most critically lauded projects such as “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” “Luce,” “Amazing Grace,” and “Apollo 11.” While SXSW at large was cancelled, many of the selections still screened for critics and it appears NEON swooped in to acquire one of the festival’s biggest hits.
In a press release, NEON announced it’s acquisition of the worldwide rights to “She Dies Tomorrow” from “The Girlfriend Experience” co-creator Amy Seimetz. The film is an apocalyptic existential thriller that was one of the most well received films from the cancelled 2020 SXSW Film Festival.
The film stars Seimetz’s frequent collaborator Kate Lyn Sheil as Amy, a woman ravaged by the notion that she is going to die tomorrow which sends her down a dizzying emotional spiral. When Amy’s skeptical friend Jane (Jane Adams) discovers Amy’s feeling of imminent death to be contagious, they both begin bizarre journeys through what might be the last day of their lives. The film was praised for its originality, gruesome body horror, and clever dark comedy.
NEON stated, “Amy Seimetz is a bold new voice and with the groundbreaking ‘She Dies Tomorrow’ has easily created one of the most prescient films of the decade. We’re thrilled to be able to bring this unique and incredible SXSW premiere to audiences all around the world.”
“I’m very proud to be joining the illustrious NEON family,” said Seimetz. “Tom Quinn has impeccable taste and has also been at the forefront of innovative theatrical and digital distribution for many years. I look forward to collaborating with him and the entire NEON team on sharing ’She Dies Tomorrow’ with the world.”
“She Dies Tomorrow” is Seimetz’s follow up to her 2012 directorial debut “Sun Don’t Shine” which was nominated for two Gotham Awards and premiered at SXSW 2012. The film co-stars Kentucker Audley and features cameo appearances by Chris Messina, Katie Aselton, Tunde Adebimpe, Jennifer Kim, Josh Lucas, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Michelle Rodriguez.