NEON and Topic Studios today announced that Alexander Skarsgård (“Big Little Lies”, Godzilla Vs. Kong, The Little Drummer Girl, The Hummingbird Project, Hold the Dark, and upcoming The Northman) will star in Brandon Cronenberg’s (Possessor, Antiviral) INFINITY POOL. Skarsgård will further serve as executive producer. NEON will co-finance and executive produce the sci-fi thriller alongside Topic Studios. Telefilm Canada and the Croatian Film Fund will also co-finance the production. Karen Harnisch and Andrew Cividino of Film Forge, Noah Segal and Christina Piovesan of Elevation Pictures, and Rob Cotterill are producing, with Daniel Kresmery and Jonathan Halperyn co-producing for Hero Squared and Anita Juka for 4 Film. Tom Quinn, Jeff Deutchman, and Emily Thomas will serve as executive producers for NEON, Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller for Topic Studios, and Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie for Celluloid Dreams.
James and Em are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise.
Principal photography is set to begin on September 6th. The film marks NEON’s latest collaboration with Cronenberg following the critically acclaimed sci-fi psychological horror Possessor. NEON and Topic Studios have also partnered on Pablo Larrain's Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart at Princess Diana. Hengameh Panahi of Celluloid Dreams brokered the deal between NEON and the producers. NEON will release INFINITY POOL in the U.S. and Elevation Pictures will release the film in Canada.
Alexander Skarsgård earned Emmy, Golden Globe, Critics Choice and SAG awards for his performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” Most recently, Skarsgård can be seen starring in Adam Wingard’s Godzilla vs Kong for Legendary. Upcoming projects include a starring role on Robert Eggers’ The Northman opposite Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe, which he also executive produced. Skarsgård starred in AMC’s limited series The Little Drummer Girl alongside Michael Shannon and Florence Pugh and he also stars opposite Jeffrey Wright in Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark for Netflix and will be seen in the upcoming season on HBO’s Succession.
Skarsgård is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.
INFINITY POOL is NEON’s latest foray into production with an upcoming slate that includes: David Cronenberg's Crimes of the Future starring Viggo Mortensen, Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart, Duke Johnson's The Actor starring Ryan Gosling, Pablo Larrain's Spencer starring Kristen Stewart, and three titles world premiering in Cannes next month, Julia Ducaurnau's Titane, Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Memoria starring Tilda Swinton, and The Year of the Everlasting Storm.
In just four years, NEON has garnered 12 Academy Award® nominations, 5 wins, including Best Picture, and has grossed over $150M at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema such as Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which made history winning four Academy Awards®, becoming the first non-English-language film to claim Best Picture. The film, which also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes, has amassed over $53M at the domestic box office and broke multiple records including highest per screen average of the year and highest per screen average for a foreign language film of all time. NEON has amassed a library of over 50 films with noteworthy releases including: Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov’s award-winning and record breaking Honeyland, which is the first non-fiction feature to land Academy Award® nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year; Todd Douglas Miller’s Apollo 11, 2019's highest grossing documentary with a worldwide gross of $16M; Tim Wardle's Three Identical Strangers, winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling which surpassed $13M at the box office; and Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, which garnered multiple Academy Award® nominations, one win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30M in domestic box office.
The company has several projects in various stages of development and production, including Pablo Larraín’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart; The Painter and the Thief narrative remake; and The Year of the Everlasting Storm which is set to premiere and Cannes this year. NEON continues to be an impressive force, with recent acquisitions such as: Céline Sciamma’s Petite Maman; Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, executive produced by Riz Ahmed and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau; Jamila Wignot’s Ailey; R.J. Cutler’s Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry; Venice's Grand Jury Prize Winner Michel Franco's New Order; Gunda directed by Victor Kossakovsky and executive produced by Joaquin Phoenix; and Robert Machoian’s powerful thriller The Killing of Two Lovers. Recent releases include: Ben Wheatley's Horror Film In The Earth; Night of the Kings, Philippe Lacôte’s Ivory Coast Oscar Submission; Andrei Konchalovsky’s Dear Comrades!, Russia’s Academy Award Submission; Apollo 11: Quarantine, the new short film from director/producer Todd Douglas Miller; Francis Lee’s romantic drama Ammonite starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan; Alex’s Gibney’s documentary Totally Under Control; Brandon Cronenberg’s Possessor; Justin Simien’s Bad Hair; Max Barbakow’s sought after Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg, which NEON acquired with Hulu; Amy Seimetz’s SXSW critical sensation She Dies Tomorrow; Josephine Decker’s Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss; Matt Wolf’s highly acclaimed Sundance documentary Spaceship Earth; The Painter and the Thief directed by Benjamin Ree; and the critically acclaimed Cannes hit Portrait of a Lady on Fire, which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globes® and Independent Spirit Awards.
After their successful collaboration on I, Tonya in January 2018, 30WEST (Dan Friedkin's and Micah Green's strategic venture) partnered with NEON's Tom Quinn (Founder & CEO) and Tim League (Co-Founder) to become majority investors in the company.
About Topic Studios:
Topic Studios, the award-winning entertainment studio from First Look Media, develops, finances and produces provocative and entertaining content for all platforms including theatrical, streaming, television and podcasts.
From Kevin Macdonald’s legal thriller The Mauritanian, starring Jodie Foster (Golden Globe® winner for her performance), Tahar Rahim (Golden Globe® nominee for his performance), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Shailene Woodley (STXfilms); and the Academy Award®-winning Spotlight; to documentaries The Fight, co-released with Magnolia Pictures, and Mucho Mucho Amor on Netflix; to television with the Film Independent Spirit Award-nominated docuseries Love Fraud, and the Emmy®-winning and Peabody Award-nominated 16 Shots, both on Showtime; and the upcoming surfing documentary series 100 Foot Wave on HBO/HBO Max; as well as pioneering podcasts (the return of Politically Re-Active with W. Kamau Bell and Hari Kondabolu on Warner Media Podcast Network; the Pulitzer Prize Finalist and IDA Award-winning investigative podcast Somebody, with iHeartMedia); and The Messenger, on Audible Plus.
Recent films from Topic Studios include Dream Horse (co-releasing with Bleecker Street), starring Toni Collette and Damian Lewis and directed by Euros Lyn, now in theaters; Steven Soderbergh’s dark comedy The Laundromat (Netflix) starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas; Julius Onah’s psychological thriller Luce (co-released with NEON) starring Kelvin Harrison Jr., Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer (nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards); Debra Granik’s drama Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street), the most positively reviewed film on Rotten Tomatoes; and Michael Angelo Covino’s Cannes-winning buddy comedy The Climb (Sony Pictures Classics).
Upcoming film projects from Topic Studios include Pablo Larraín’s Spencer starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana (co-releasing with NEON); Adam Leon’s Italian Studies starring Academy Award® nominee Vanessa Kirby; Douglas Tirola's Leonard Bernstein portrait Bernstein's Wall; The Nowhere Inn (IFC Films), a musical meta comedy written, produced by and starring St. Vincent and Carrie Brownstein, set for release September 17; and Nikyatu Jusu’s NYC-set psychological horror film Nanny. Films in development at Topic Studios include a story about the influence of Chinatown restaurants on California Punk produced by and starring Awkwafina; and Toni Collette's directorial debut Writers & Lovers, adapted from Lily King’s bestselling novel.