Production to commence this year in Sydney
Los Angeles/Sydney – September 29, 2017 - Entertainment One (eOne), Hopscotch Features and Guerilla Films today announced that Monica Bellucci, Ben O’Toole and Tess Haubrich will star in the sci-fi horror film Nekromancer by Australian filmmaker brothers Kiah and Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood).
Nekromancer is a genre-mashing, sci-fi-horror which will take audiences on a cinematic roller-coaster traversing the full spectrum of human (and inhuman) emotion. The film will see the return of the Roache-Turner brother’s masterful mix of gore and comedy, prominent in their debut feature Wyrmwood, which was a festival hit and took the fanboy world by storm. Kiah Roache-Turner will direct, with Andrew Mason and Troy Lum producing for Hopscotch Features, together with Tristan Roache-Turner of Guerilla Films.
"Monica Bellucci brings her wonderful talents and considerable glamour to our production and we are thrilled to have her on board working alongside this group of exciting up-and-coming actors," said Kiah Roache-Turner and the producers.
“Kiah and Tristan are among the most exciting new talents in this genre and we’re delighted to be working with such bold new filmmakers,” said Mason and Lum.
The film is being financed by eOne together with Screen Australia and Create NSW. eOne will distribute the film, with partners Sierra/Affinity handling worldwide sales.
Bellucci has played an array of iconic roles including Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ, Alex in Gaspar Noé’s controversial Irréversible, Persephone in the The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and seduced audiences in the most recent Bond film Spectre. She most recently appeared as the bride in Emir Kusturica’s On the Milky Road, and is represented by Laurent Gregoire of Paris based agency Adequat.
Ben O’Toole stars in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit as well as the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced war drama Horse Soldiers. He has also appeared in Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner, Mel Gibson’s award-winning WWII drama Hacksaw Ridge and Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, and is represented by Sydney’s United Management.
Tess Haubrich appeared in Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, stars in Jackie Chan’s upcoming Bleeding Steel and has just wrapped on season 2 of Wolf Creek, and is represented by Independent Management Company in Sydney.
Nekromancer will shoot at various locations in Sydney later this year.
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About Hopscotch Features
Hopscotch Features was launched in 2009, representing an exciting collaboration between Troy Lum, (Producer of The Water Diviner, Saving Mr Banks, Managing Director of Entertainment One Asia-Pacific), Andrew Mason (producer of The Matrix, Dark City, The Water Diviner) and John Collee (writer of Master and Commander, Happy Feet), and later joined by former Weinstein executive Maeva Gatineau (Consultant for The Artist, Silver Linings Playbook, Philomena). Hopscotch Features’ output has included Anne Fontaine’s Adoration starring Naomi Watts and Robin Wright, Disney production Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, and Russell Crowe's directorial debut, The Water Diviner. Hopscotch Features are currently in pre-production on sci-fi horror film Nekromancer, starring Monica Bellucci and Ben O’Toole. Upcoming projects to commence production in 2018 include the Lee Miller biopic starring Kate Winslet and the adaptation of Anna Funder’s best-selling WWII espionage novel All That I Am.
About Guerilla Films
Guerilla Films is the brainchild of Australian filmmakers, Kiah & Tristan Roache-Turner. Following the success of their breakout feature film Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (which hit #1 on itunes and Netflix), the Roache-Turner brothers have their follow up feature film Nekromancer commencing production in October 2017. A Wyrmwood TV series spin off is also in development along with multiple genre projects.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes film and television studio The Mark Gordon Company; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, Reliance Entertainment, Alibaba Pictures and Universal Filmed Entertainment; newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
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