Elle Fanning (above, Ginger and Rosa) will star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s first venture into the world of horror, The Neon Demon. She is in line to play an aspiring model who is “caught in a world of beauty and demise”
The film is still pretty secretive, and all we have had so far is a poster and a press release confirming the film will be Refn’s next project.
Gaumont and Wild Bunch have confirmed that Refn’s next film will indeed be a horror, and while no plot details have been released, the title of the film wil be Neon Demon, and the first poster can be found below.
In the press release, Refn states “One morning I woke and realized 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.”
Refn’s talk of being dominated by women echoes what was said about his previously talked about horror called I Walk With the Dead, which could mean that both films are the same, just with a new title. The fact the press release also says the film will have a young female cast also reminds me of what Refn said about I Walk with the Dead, and how it will feature an all female cast. Either way, all the details can be found below.
The Press Release:
GAUMONT & WILD BUNCH encounter THE NEON DEMON…
After Only God Forgives (in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2013), Gaumont and Wild Bunch team up again to co-finance and co-distribute the next film by Nicolas Winding Refn.
The Neon Demon reveals a horror tale with a young female driven cast, written by NWR and Mary Laws.
About the origin of the movie, Refn said, “One morning I woke and realized 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.”
Refn’s partner, Lene Borglum (Valhalla Rising, Only God Forgives) will be producing under their joint company, Space Rocket.
Principal photography is set to begin in the first quarter of 2015 and will be filmed in Los Angeles, CA. The cast will be announced later this year. Refn’s regular collaborators, editor Matthew Newman (Bronson, Drive, Only God Forgives) and composter Cliff Martinez (Drive, Only God Forgives) will be joined by director of photography, Philippe Le Sourd (The Grand Master) on the production of NWR’s film.
Gaumont and Wild Bunch will be selling the movie at the upcoming AFM for a 2016 release.
“I’m very excited to continue my wonderful relationship with Wild Bunch and Gaumont on my next film, THE NEON DEMON. This movie is a manifestation of the strong ties between us and will lead to many more adventures,” said Nicolas Winding Refn.