Variety report that Gaumont and Wild Bunch have partnered to make Refn’s new movie, written with debut writer Mary Laws. Plot details are unclear but the director stated that: “One morning I woke and realised I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon.”
If this sounds slightly familiar, it’s because Refn has been developing his all-female horror I Walk With The Dead with playwright Polly Stenham. Given the lack of actual plot details for either film, there’s been some understandable confusion as to whether The Neon Demon is a new title for that movie, or another film entirely.
Deadline states that the latter is true, saying “The director had been expected to be teeing up thriller I Walk With The Dead, but I’m told The Neon Demon will go next.”
Casting is expected to be announced soon. Carey Mulligan has spoken about wanting to reteam with Refn; could this be the film to bring them back together? His Drive composer Cliff Martinez is already on board, and the sales art (via Fangoria) has been released.
Filming begins on The Neon Demon in Los Angeles early next year.
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