Netflix’s Velvet Buzzsaw drops this February, after ripping up Sundance.
The horror film, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Zawe Ashton, Rene Russo, Tom Sturridge, Toni Collette and John Malkovich, is set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. When a series of paintings are found in a dead hermit’s home, though, the peculiar nature of the portraits send art gallery owner Morf Vandewalt (Gyllenhaal) and assistant Rhodora Haze (Russo) into a surreal, supernatural nightmare.
Written and directed by Nightcrawler’s Dan Gilroy (reuniting with Gyllenhaal), the mind-bending thriller promises a bold and frightening ride, judging by its manic, twisted, disturbing trailer. The movie has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on 27th January, before being unleashed worldwide on 1st February.
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Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal assemble starry ensemble for Netflix film
13th March 2018
For many film fans, the news that Dan Gilroy and Jake Gyllenhaal were reuniting after Nightcrawler for a Netflix movie was exciting enough. Now, Variety reports the duo are assembling a starry ensemble cast to join them.
The horror-thriller, which was first announced last year, still doesn’t have a title, but follows big-money artists and mega-collectors, who pay a high price when art collides with commerce.
It will star Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, with a supporting cast that includes Stranger Things’ Natalia Dyer, Tony Award nominee Tom Sturridge, Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs, Academy Award nominee Toni Collette, Academy Award nominee John Malkovich, Billy Magnussen, and, last but not least, Britain’s very own Zawe Ashton. Variety reports that Ashton beat several others to the role, following her turns in Guerrilla and Nocturnal Animals.
The film is produced by Nightcrawler’s Jennifer Fox, with Betsy Danbury on board as exec producer. Production is underway now in Los Angeles, with the movie set to premiere later this year.
Nightcrawler team reunite for new Netflix film
27th June 2017
The Nightcrawler gang are getting back together for a new Netflix film. Director Dan Gilroy and stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo will team up again to make a film for the streaming service, following a heated auction for the project.
Netflix is no stranger to the world of bidding, having just won the rights to The Polka King, which premiered at Sundance, after months of competitive negotiations. With Scott Stuber now leading its development and acquisition of original projects, Netflix is only stepping up its game.
Also stepping up his game is Gilroy, the screenwriting stalwart who made the jump to directing with Nightcrawler, starring Gyllenhaal as a sociopathic photographer using his camera to sell material to news stations and Russo as a producer willing to sell out to get higher ratings. The movie established Gilroy as a filmmaker in demand, already selling his follow-up script, legal thriller Inner City, to Sony, with Denzel Washington attached.
This new film doesn’t have a title yet, but Deadline reports that the genre flick is set in the art world. Little else is known, apart from the fact that producer Jennifer Fox is also reuniting with Gilroy for the project, but with Netflix planning to give it an awards-qualifying cinema run, and with such rivalry for the package, you can set your expectations to “high”.
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