Neon, the U.S. distributor behind Bong Joon Ho’s Oscar winner “Parasite,” has gained home rights to “Pig,” a revenge thriller from Nicolas Cage and first time filmmaker Michael Sarnoski, Selection has discovered.
The Tom Quinn-led firm got here out forward in a heated bidding struggle that ignited final week involving quite a few rivals, sources mentioned.
The deal is a glimmer of hope in an business paralyzed by the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for film theaters. Regardless of the well timed demand for completed streaming content material, and Neon’s partnership with Hulu, “Pig” will probably be launched in theaters, at a to-be-determined date.
Author-director Sarnoski’s movie sees Cage as a reclusive truffle hunter in Oregon whose prize looking pig is kidnapped, forcing him to return to outdated stomping grounds in Portland and confront his previous. “Hereditary” actor Alex Wolff co-stars. The script is predicated on a narrative by Sarnoski and Vanessa Block, who may even produce alongside Pulse Movies.
Endeavor Content material, which led the sale and first confirmed promo footage at February’s Berlin Movie Competition, will proceed to hunt worldwide companions. Len Blavatnik’s Ai Movies lead financing on the challenge with Escape Artists and Candy Tomato Movies, with further funding from Steve Tisch.
BlockBox Leisure, Valparaiso Footage and Cage’s Saturn Footage are additionally manufacturing corporations on the movie.. Key producers embrace Dimitra Tsingou, Ben Giladi, David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Dori Rath, Joseph Restaino, and Tisch.
“What started as a really private challenge has reworked right into a labor of affection for thus many proficient individuals,” Sarnoski mentioned when the film was introduced final September. “I’m thrilled for us all to be bringing this unusual world to life.”
After cementing Oscars historical past with “Parasite,” Neon has been on an simple scorching streak with different acclaimed titles like “Portrait of a Girl on Hearth” and “Apolo 11.” The corporate, together with Hulu, set the report for highest unbiased movie sale in historical past of the Sundance Movie Competition, for Andy Samberg’s “Palm Springs,” at simply over $17.5 million.