EXCLUSIVE: In one of Cannes’ virtual market packages, Amazon Studios has moved on to exclusive talks about a global rights deal for Enemythe source said. The bidding was fierce throughout the weekend. This is the Garth Davis-directed thriller starring Saoirse Ronan, Paul Mescal and LaKeith Stanfield, starring in an adaptation of Iain Reid’s best-selling science fiction novel. Leon director Garth Davis will direct a script he wrote with the author and filming will begin in Australia in January. FilmNation manages international rights and CAA Media Finance and UTA’s Independent Film Group co-represents national rights.
Here’s how Davis described it when News Block broke it: “I’ve been looking to do something in science fiction, it was always on my wish list, and also to find material that could make an actor’s piece with a Cassavetian level. performance, ”Davis told News Block. “I read Foe and couldn’t put it down. It’s incredibly suspenseful, very moving, and dealt with science fiction in the most grounded way that talked about where we are headed as a society, with many of the questions we all have, explored in depth. And the love story broke my heart, this story of self determination, fighting for the things that are most precious in our lives and reminding the public that this time we have here is precious and the way we treat each other is the way we I need to treat the planet. For me, the enemy was just a target. “
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The film is a tense, sensual and psychological set in the near future where corporate power and environmental degradation are devastating the planet. Junior (Mescal) and Hen (Ronan) are a young couple married for seven years who live a lonely life on their secluded farm. One night, a stranger named Terrance (Stanfield) knocks on their door, bringing news that puts their lives in chaos: Junior has been randomly selected to travel to a large experimental space station orbiting the Earth. The most unusual part? Arrangements have already been made so that when he leaves, Hen will not have a chance to miss him, because she will not be left alone, not even for a moment. Hen will have a family company that will push her to make a decision that will change her life.
Producers are Kerry Kohansky-Roberts of Anonymous Content, Davis through his script I Am That, and Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw Films. Reid and Samantha Lang are executive producers and the film is a Anonymous Content Studios production.
The film has a technological element to it, something Davis used to great success in Lion with a protagonist who used Google Earth to find his biological mother in India in a film that garnered six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and became a of the highest grossing Australian films. forever. Like Lion, technology will serve what is ultimately a human story. Davis said the key to that was its cast.
“The point of the movie is that corporate power and environmental degradation are literally eating up the natural world, not just the environment but from a human point of view, it’s eating up society and taking away why we are meant to be here. and what connects us, ”Davis said. “We are losing our self-determination and vitality. What I love about Saoirse is that you see her on screen and she’s so alive and unfiltered. She represents to me all the things we need to protect in the world. Putting her in the stomach of this haunting and suspenseful story is the point. What she represents is precious, she is empathetic. She fights for the things that we should all fight for. I was looking for an actress who had those qualities and that beauty.
“Paul Mescal, he is a normal boy and you think he is married to her and that they come from the same part of the world, which they do in reality. I buy them as a rural couple. Then we have Terrance, who arrives in the middle of the night. It was very important to do well. LaKeith is incredibly exciting for me. Terrance is the conductor of the narrative, the one who enters their lives and changes them forever. How do we do that in a way that’s not overtly sinister or calculating? LaKeith has this beautiful charm. You would want to let him in and you would want to know him, but as the story takes off, there is a mystery, a vulnerability. Embody all those things in their eyes. When I spoke to him, he was very fascinated by our relationship with technology and eager to explore that in this story. “
Davis is represented by UTA; Reid for CAA and Transatlantic Agency; Ronan from CAA and Macfarlane Chard; Mescal from CAA and Curtis Brown; and Stanfield of CAA, Stark Management and Ginsburg Daniels.