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Before I Wake was set to be released in September 2015. Relativity Media, the distributor of the film, went bankrupt before release. In 2016, the film was released at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Excluding the United States, Netflix released the film worldwide in 2017. Netflix released the film in the U.S. on January 5, 2018.
A young couple adopt an orphaned child whose dreams - and nightmares - manifest physically as he sleeps.
- Kate Bosworth as Jessie Hobson
- Thomas Jane as Mark Hobson
- Jacob Tremblay as Cody Morgan
- Annabeth Gish as Natalie Friedman
- Antonio Evan Romero as Sean Hobson
- Dash Mihok as Whelan Young
- Scottie Thompson as Teacher
- Justin Gordon as Dr. Tennant
- Courtney Bell as Andrea Morgan
The film was first announced on September 7, 2013 under the name Somnia. Oculus director Mike Flanagan was announced as the director and co-writer, alongside Jeff Howard.
It was announced that Sierra/Affinity would handle international rights for the film on November 7, 2013. They took this over from Focus Features International. On April 4, 2014, Relativity Media acquired the rights to distribute the film in the United States. The film's title was officially changed to Before I Wake in March of 2015.
In November of 2013, it was revealed that Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane would play the roles of the child's parents and Annabeth Gish would join the cast as the case worker Natalie.
Filming began on November 11 in Fairhope, Alabama. In December of 2013, the filming location changed to Barton Academy. Filming was completed on December 16.