“Hedwig and the Angry Inch” mastermind John Cameron Mitchell hasn’t made a feature film since 2010’s critically acclaimed “Rabbit Hole,” but that’s all about to change very soon. The filmmakers’ latest project, “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” has just been picked up by A24. The film is an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman short story and stars Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman (who Mitchell directed to an Oscar nomination in “Rabbit Hole”) and recent Tony winner Alex Sharp. Production on the project begins in November.
The official synopsis reads: “‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ focuses on Enn, a shy teenage punk rocker in 1970s suburban London, and his two closest friends, Vic and John. One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of intensely attractive, otherworldly girls; at first they think they’re from a cult, but eventually come to realize the girls are literally from another world — outer space. The leaders of this alien colony have a nefarious plan in mind, but that doesn’t stop Enn from falling madly in love with Zan, one of the colony’s key members. Their burgeoning romance sets in motion a series of increasingly sensational events that will lead to the ultimate showdown of punks versus aliens, and test the bonds of friendship, family and true love.”
“We are absolutely delighted to be getting on board ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’ — the script is both great fun and an affectionate celebration of the outsider spirit, and we know John Cameron Mitchell is the perfect person to bring this wild and singular universe to life,” said A24 in a statement. “We are thrilled to be working with him along with the movie’s top-tier producing team.”
“A24 is the best U.S. indie film distributor for a film like ours,” added Mitchell. “They combine today’s market strategies with the daring taste that flourished in the ’90s and ’00s.”
Mitchell co-wrote the screenplay with Philippa Goslett. CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. No release date has been set, though it seems likely the film will join A24’s impressive 2016 slate, which already includes “The Witch,” “Green Room,” “Krisha” and “De Palma.”