“Run Rabbit Run” debuted Thursday night in the Midnights category, a Sundance section typically reserved for the festival’s freakier, genre-bending fare. While /Film’s critic was disappointed by the movie, the official Sundance catalog offers some insight into its tone with a description that calls the film “an exquisitely fine-tuned psychological thriller” that “elegantly [incorporates] unsettling visual and aural cues to signal how destabilized Sarah’s world has become.”
Snook’s role originally belonged to Elizabeth Moss, who was cast in the part back in 2020 before the actress best known as Shiv Roy ended up with the role after Moss reportedly dropped out due to scheduling conflicts (per Deadline). The Australia-filmed project comes courtesy of Carver Films, the production company behind another distressing family-oriented horror film, 2020’s “Relic.” XYZ films is also on board the project and reportedly brokered the Netflix deal.
This is the first year Netflix has visited Sundance since the streamer began making major changes in the face of significant subscriber (and thus, monetary) losses last year, and it’ll be interesting to see what the streamer bets on. In past years, Netflix has been a noteworthy if inconsistent buyer at the fest, picking up films like Rebecca Hall’s adaptation of “Passing,” Dee Rees’ “Mudbound,” and the Oscar-winning doc “Icarus,” but failing to buy anything at all in 2018. There’s plenty more festival to go, so /Film will keep you posted on major deals as they arise.
“Run Rabbit Run” will debut on Netflix sometime in 2023.