‘Relive’s Director Jacob Estes, David Oyelowo, and Storm Reid on Their Sci-Fi Thriller

     February 12, 2019

One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Jacob Estes’ (Mean Creek, The Details) Relive. Written by Estes and Drew DaywaltRelive is kind of a genre-bender, part supernatural thriller but also a time-warped police procedural. David Oyelowo stars as a Los Angeles detective trying to solve the murder of his brother (Brian Tyree Henry) and niece (Storm Reid). As the department declares the killings an open-and-shut case, he gets a phone call from his niece from before she was murdered. With their cell-phone connection acting as a link between the past and the present, they must work together to solve her murder without letting her realize her fate, which could change everyone’s fate. The film also stars Mykelti Williamson and Alfred Molina and was produced by Jason BlumBobby Cohen, and David Oyelowo.

Shortly after seeing the film I got to talk with David Oyelowo, Storm Reid and Jacob Estes at the Collider studio at the Kia Supper Suite in Park City. During the wide-ranging conversation they talked about how the project came together, what it means to premiere at Sundance, how early screenings impacted the finished film, what scenes they were nervous to do before filming began, how it’s a whodunit thriller set in two time periods, and a lot more.


Image via Kia Motors

I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, the all new 2020 Kia Telluride, which was transporting filmmakers to our studio in celebration of the debut of the all new model, Kia’s first eight-passenger SUV that is several inches longer and wider than the brand’s award-winning Sorento.

Libations flowing at the Collider studio and parties were provided by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters. Food during the evening parties was provided by Greene St. Kitchen of Palms Casino Resort helmed by Chef Du Cuisine Lanny Chin. Brand partners also active during the day-part include mou, a luxury footwear and accessories line, and The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall who was on-site with the world’s first ‘virtual reserve’.

Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.


Image via Sundance

David Oyelowo, Storm Reid and Jacob Estes:

  • How did Relive happen and what it’s about?
  • Did David and Storm be on set together for their phone scenes or were they done separately?
  • How it’s a who done it thriller set in two time periods.
  • What was the editing process like on the film?
  • Did they do any early screenings that impacted the film?
  • What scene were they nervous to do before filming began?
  • What does it mean for each of them to be at Sundance?

Here’s the official synopsis:

Los Angeles detective Jack Radcliff fields a distressed phone call from his niece Ashley and rushes to the rescue—only to find the girl and her parents dead in an apparent murder-suicide. Then, just as the police department declares the killings an open-and-shut case, Jack gets another call from Ashley. With the cell-phone connection acting as a link between the past and the present, Jack urges Ashley to collect clues that will help him to solve her murder and change her fate.

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