AMC Network’s horror streaming service Shudder has acquired rights to Mad God, the horror stop-motion feature from visual effects legend Phil Tippett.
Tippett, who contributed vfx to iconic films like Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Robocop, and Starship Troopers, began working on this personal feature back in the 1980s, during a lull in his schedule following Robocop 2. After completing a few test shots, he abandoned the project to focus on Jurassic Park.
Decades later, Tippett was encouraged by artists at his studio to restart production on Mad God. It would take him another decade to finish the film, using a volunteer crew of employees that he trained in stop motion. Mad God premiered last year at the Locarno Film Festival, and has since screened at other festivals including Edinburg, Fantasia, and Sitges.
The film will stream exclusively on Shudder beginning June 16 and is set to be accompanied by a limited theatrical release.
“In short, Phil Tippett is a genius, and there’s no better home for him and his visionary mind than Shudder,” said Craig Engler, Shudder’s general manager. “We’re proud to bring this sure-to-be timeless film to our members.”
Said Tippett of the deal, “It’s been over 30 years, but thanks to the team at Tippett Studio we finally made the dream a reality. I’m proud to partner with Shudder on the release of Mad God, and it’s an honor that my original vision can now be shared with audiences across the country.”
Recent Tippett Studio projects include The Book of Boba Fett and season two of The Mandalorian on Disney+, season 2 of Locke and Key on Netflix, and Marvel Studios’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.