Emily Blunt is joining the Blue Dream Studios animated feature Animal Crackers, whose voice cast includes John Krasinski, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone and Ian McKellen. Blunt and Krasinski will play Zoe and Owen Huntington, a couple who inherits a run-down circus and a mysterious box of Animal Crackers that magically turns anyone who eats them into an animal. Originally, Kaley Cuoco was attached to provide the voiceover of the wife in the film, however, scheduling got in the way. Animal Crackers is co-directed by Scott Christian Sava and Tony Bancroft from a script by Sava and Dean Lorey. The film is scheduled to be completed in summer 2016.
Space Rocket Nation, the production label of producer Lene Borglum and Nicolas Winding Refn, announced today that the director’s latest feature, The Neon Demon, has begun production in Los Angeles. Dexter‘s Desmond Harrington is the latest actor to join the cast, which also includes Keanu Reeves, Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Christina Hendricks, Karl Glusman and Abbey Lee. The pic centers on Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, only to find that her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has. Refn and Mary Laws co-wrote the script. Neon Demon is produced by Borglum in association with Wild Bunch and Gaumont. Space Rocket Nation was formed in 2008 by Refn and Borglum after their production Valhalla Rising. The label’s other credits include Refn’s Only God Forgives and My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, the documentary directed by Liv Corfixen.
Monterey Media has acquired domestic rights to Childless starring Joe Mantegna, Barbara Hershey, Diane Verona and James Naughton. The deal was negotiated between Sea Lion Films Graham Leader and Monterey Media’s Scott Mansfield. The pic, which opens May 15 in New York, follows the lives of four adults after the abrupt passing of a teenage girl. As each prepares for the funeral, they speak their private thoughts directly to the camera, leaving it up to the viewer to make sense of their off-kilter, self-serving, yet frequently humorous accounts of the family story.
Stephen Dorff and Jennifer Morrison are boarding Sweet Tomato Films fantasy feature Albion: Rise Of The Danann, which stars Richard Kind, Ryan O’Nan and Johnny Sequoyah. Pic marks the feature directorial debut of Castille Landon and tells the story of a 12-year-old girl (Avery Rath) who rides a magical horse to the faraway land of Albion, where she discovers that she is the key to saving an entire race of people. Dorff plays the young girl’s disabled father, while Morrison plays a mystical lady in an alternate universe. The film was written by Landon, Sarah Scougal and Ryan O’Nan. Landon will also hold a supporting role in the film. Production is under way in Michigan and Florida, with the majority of the shoot taking place in Bulgaria this May. Theatrical released is scheduled for summer 2016. Albion is produced by Dori Sperko, Joseph Restaino Sarah Scougal and Ryan O’Nan of Character Brigade.