Shout! Studios, the multi-platform entertainment and production arm of Shout! Factory, and Protagonist Pictures have entered into an exclusive movie deal to distribute THE SHOW, a new mystery feature from the extraordinary mind of legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore and directed by Mitch Jenkins (Show Pieces, Prisoners of Paradise). THE SHOW stars Tom Burke (Mank, War & Peace), Siobhan Hewlett (Sherlock, Canterbury Tales), Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals, Tony and Susan), Sheila Atim (Girl from the North Country, The Underground Railroad), Christopher Fairbank (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Fifth Element) and Alan Moore himself. A production of EMU Films and Lex Films, THE SHOW is produced by Michael Elliott, Jim Mooney, and Tom Brown.

Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America, including digital, video-on-demand, theatrical, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch across all major entertainment platforms later this year.

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jordan Fields and Steven Katz, Vice President of Business Affairs, and Tom Chesover, International Sales Manager at Protagonist Pictures, on behalf of the filmmakers.

“It should come as no surprise that a film so darkly playful, so unsettling and so ferociously original springs from the mind of Alan Moore. Expertly realized by director Mitch Jenkins, a superb Tom Burke and a fully committed cast, The Show hits bullseye for a sophisticated audience eager to be delighted, beguiled and thrilled,” stated Fields.

“Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins have created something totally original with THE SHOW, a new world full of mysteries for audiences to discover and keep coming back to,” added Chesover. “We were so excited by Shout! Factory’s passion and creativity, and they are clearly the perfect partner to connect with fans in a longstanding and meaningful way.”

THE SHOW – synopsis

Fletcher Dennis (Burke), a man of many talents, passports and identities, arrives in Northampton – a strange and haunted town in the heart of England as dangerous as he is. On a mission to locate a stolen artefact for his menacing client, Fletcher finds himself entangled in a twilight world populated with vampires, sleeping beauties, Voodoo gangsters, noir private eyes, and masked avengers. He quickly sinks into a bizarre and delirious black hole, that is hidden just beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet town. Soon enough Fletcher discovers that dreams and reality have been blurred and there might no longer be a real world to go back to... Welcome to The Show.