by Justin Cook
Nicolas Winding Refn, of Drive and Only God Forgives fame, has announced that he will direct a female-led horror film entitled The Neon Demon.
The film will be shot in Los Angeles, similar to Refn’s 2011 film Drive. Refn says that he fell “madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles” during the production of Drive, and looks forward to making his return.
Refn wrote the script for the film, which will feature a predominantly female cast, alongside co-writer Mary Laws.
An image with a title was released for the film:
His decision to make The Neon Demon a female-led horror film comes from a realization Refn recently made. He said, “One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”
While Refn hasn’t exactly directed films of the horror genre, he is known for his ability to build suspense in his films — a very important element of horror movies. Also, the horror genre has become very worn out over recent years, so a film of the genre with Refn’s talents behind the camera could certainly make for a new and unique film for horror lovers.
The Danish director’s previous effort, Only God Forgives, was met with mixed reviews when it was released last year. However, Refn has consistently made extremely inventive and creative films throughout the course of his career, including Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and Pusher.
The movie’s cast is unknown at the time, but reportedly will be revealed by the end of the year. Also composing the music for the upcoming film will be Cliff Martinez, the ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer who also did the music for Drive and Only God Forgives.
The movie will begin shooting in the first quarter of next year, and is expected for a 2016 release. It will also reunite film distribution companies Wild Bunch and Gaumont, who previously worked together on Only God Forgives.
Source and Quote Source: Variety