‘SP Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to Anthem of a Teenage Prophet, a supernatural coming-of-age drama starring Shameless‘ Cameron Monaghan, Disney Channel regular Peyton List and Juliette Lewis. A day-and-date theatrical release is set for January 11.
Based on Joanne Proulx’s YA novel and directed by first-time feature helmer Robin Hays, the story set in 1997 Michigan follows Luke (Monaghan), a teenager who foresees the death of his best friend. When this premonition becomes reality, he must deal with the trials and tribulations of being dubbed “The Prophet of Death” and a freak around town. It doesn’t help that he’s fallen in love with Faith (List), his best friend’s girlfriend. Lewis plays Luke’s mother who helps him navigate his unique challenges.
Grayson Gabriel, Danny Woodburn, Alex MacNicoll and Spencer List co-star. Sepia Films’ Tina Pehme and Kim Roberts are producers, and Handpicked Ventures’ Michel Shane executive produced with Darren Benning.
“We are thrilled to be releasing Anthem; it’s a really great adaptation of an award-winning novel, with a tremendous young cast,” SP Releasing CEO and president Steven Paul said. “It’s a timeless story about youth, identity and discovering your truth, one that will resonate with many.”
The deal was negotiated by SP Releasing’s Jason Price and by CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.