Stephen King Adaptation 'The Monkey' Starring Theo James Goes on Presale in US at Neon After Promo Sparks Buyer Tug-of-war - Cannes Market - Latest Global News

Stephen King Adaptation ‘The Monkey’ Starring Theo James Goes on Presale in US at Neon After Promo Sparks Buyer Tug-of-war – Cannes Market

EXCLUSIVE: After a tug of war between several buyers, horror film The monkeythe adaptation of the Stephen King short story, is being shown here at the Cannes market at Neon for the domestic market.

Theo James (The White Lotus) stars in the film with Tatiana Maslany (SheHulk: Lawyer), Elijah Wood (Lord of the Rings), Christian Convery (sweet tooth), Colin O’Brien (Wonka), Rohan Campbell (The Hardy Boys) and Sarah Levy (Schitt’s Creek).

Several US distributors were keen on the project following the latest promo on the Croisette and we’re hearing a high seven-figure deal has been struck.

As we previously reported, the team behind the film includes genre superstar James Wan, the film’s creator The incantation Universe and co-creator of the Seen And Insidious franchises. Filming was completed this spring and Neon is planning a theatrical release in 2025.

In The monkeyWhen twin brothers Hal and Bill discover their father’s old monkey toy in the attic, a series of gruesome deaths occur around them. The brothers decide to throw the monkey away and move on with their lives, becoming increasingly estranged as the years go by. But when the mysterious deaths begin again, the brothers must reunite to find a way to finally destroy the monkey before it takes the lives of everyone around them. Theo James plays the twins in later years. Convery plays the younger twins.

Wan and Michael Clear (M3GAN) produce for Atomic Monster; Dave Caplan (Babylon) for C2 Motion Picture Group; Brian Kavanaugh Jones (Insidious) for range selection; and Chris Ferguson (Child’s play) for Odd Fellows. Executive producers are Fred Berger of Range, Peter Luo and Nancy Xu of Stars Collective, and John Friedberg for Black Bear, who also represents international distribution rights. C2 financed the film.

Black Bear initially launched sales of the film in Cannes, where it sold well internationally. The deal for Ape was negotiated by CFO Ryan Friscia, SVP of Business and Legal Affairs Emily Thomas and VP of Acquisitions and Production Jason Wald for Neon with CAA Media Finance, UTA Independent Film Group and Range Select on behalf of the filmmakers.

The deal reunites Neon with director Perkins. The duo stars Nicolas Cage Long legs out this summer and is in the Cannes market with Perkins’ upcoming thriller guardian. Notably, Neon has also won the last four Palme d’Or winners, so keep your eyes on Tom Quinn’s outfit this week and next to see which films it’s in competition for or what its title is Anora can do it five times in a row.

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