As part of their recent attempt to expand their business model, the conservative news outlet The DailyWire announced today that their first film that they will be distribution will be released on January 15th to their subscribers, following a premiere livestream on January 14th.
According to the website’s own announcement:
“The Daily Wire announced Monday that it has acquired the North American distribution rights to the feature film Run Hide Fight, a move that comes as the online news and commentary site enters the entertainment space dominated by Hollywood and streaming platforms such as Netflix. “
Since the beginning of 2020, the company has made massive changes to its operations by moving the company to Nashville and shifting Ben Shapiro out of the site’s Editor-in-Chief role. The site has already brought on new people like Candace Owens and begun ramping up their operations going into the new year.
We’ve known that the company had plans to start shooting and distributing films in the near future but the announcement came rather earlier than expected.
What’s more interesting is that the film in question is likely going to draw them some ire. The film in question, Run Hide Fight, was produced under the umbrella corporation of Cinestate and Rebeller Media which dissolved last June following allegations that the company’s CEO Dallas Sonnier had allowed a sexually aggressive and abusive producer onto their film sets.
The film itself was announced early in 2020 by Rebeller Media as part of their intial media push and was pitched as an indie thriller set in a school shooting with a setup similar to Die Hard: a teenage girl survivalist must survive alone in a building of armed terrorists using only her wits. The film shares the same moderately conservative edge that Cinestate’s other projects like Dragged Across Concrete and Stand-off at Sparrow Creek had.
The fate of the film and other projects in development under their production companies were left in question when Rebeller Media dissolved and Cinestate’s social media went dark following the accusations. A subsequent article from The Daily Beast laying out the charges deeply stained their collective reputations.
While it’s unclear just how deeply involved the former producers of Cinestate and Rebeller Media are involved with the release of this new film, it wouldn’t be surprising if many of their surviving filmmakers were taken on as refugees by Daily Wire to get their film division started.
If nothing else, it appears that the remnants of Cinestate have recollected under Dallas’s new production company Bonfire Legend and sold the film to Daily Wire where they knew they’d get a sympathetic audience.
It remains to be seen how the film landscape as a whole will react to the news given their lukewarm to hostile reactions to Cinestate’s other films.