Mike Flanagan, the director behind such well-received horror outings as Gerald's Game, Ouija: Origin of Evil, and Oculus, has confirmed that a movie he made nearly four years ago, Before I Wake, will finally be seen in the United States.
Originally slated for release in May 2015, the movie stars Thomas Jane (The Expanse) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) as a couple who take in a foster child (Jacob Tremblay, who's also starring with Jane in Shane Black's upcoming The Predator) whose dreams and nightmares can become reality.
Relativity Studios was set to distribute the movie, but the release date was pushed back several times as the company experienced financial woes. It was finally pulled from the release schedule altogether, and Relativity eventually went under.
But like a ghost rising from its crypt, Before I Wake has come back, as Flanagan announced earlier today on Twitter:
While that means Before I Wake won't get the wide theatrical release it was originally meant to receive, the Netflix deal makes sense: Flanagan's relationship with Netflix goes all the way back to his 2011 directorial debut, Absentia, which the service picked up for streaming after it was released direct-to-video.
His 2016 film Hush also debuted on the streaming service, and the company also backed his acclaimed adaptation of Stephen King's Gerald's Game, which premiered earlier this fall to rave reviews. Before I Wake has already been streaming in selected overseas territories through the service, as well. And he's now working for Netflix again on a limited series based on the classic Shirley Jackson novel, The Haunting of Hill House.
Flanagan's overall track record so far has made him a horror filmmaker to watch, so it's good news that a movie of his that may have easily been lost to the labyrinth of corporate bankruptcy is finally going to get its shot. Watch the original trailer below, and make sure to check out Before I Wake on Netflix on Jan. 5.