It’s no surprise that Amazon Studios has acquired Nicolas Winding Refn’s “The Neon Demon,” which stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone.
First of all, Amazon Studios distribution chief Bob Berney released Refn’s “Drive” when he was at FilmDistrict; the Ryan Gosling actioner was also funded by Wild Bunch, and won a directing prize at Cannes. “The Neon Demon” is a co-production of Wild Bunch and Gaumont, who also partnered on Refn’s subsequent Cannes entry, “Only God Forgives.”
Elle Fanning stars as a young Los Angeles model in “The Neon Demon.” Refn produced with his Space Rocket partner, Lene Borglum (“Valhalla Rising,” “Only God Forgives”). Refn’s go-to editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez join the key crew team.
Amazon Studios’s slate will launch stateside with Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq” followed by black comedy “Desired Moments” starring Kristen Wiig.
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