Alex Ritman’s newest exclusive at The Hollywood Reporter is continuing the stimulus from last year’s news with Nicolas Cage addition to Sono Sion’s American debut, Prisoners Of The Ghostland. Set to begin production in the Spring, Cage will be joined by Green Room actress Imogen Poots who now joins the film which is currently being shopped in Berlin from XYZ Films.
When a notorious criminal, Hero (Cage), is sent to rescue an abducted girl (Poots) who has disappeared into a dark supernatural universe, they must break the evil curse that binds them and escape the mysterious revenants that rule the Ghostland.
The news comes after Cage sliced and buzzsawed his way into 2019 with Panos Cosmatos’s bloody, psychedelic action horror opus, Mandy, whose SpectreVision has since also boarded the actor’s recently-announced H.P. Lovecraft nod, Color Out Of Space, also on XYZ’s Berlin slate. Cage took to the 3rd International Film Festival and Awards Macao back in December for a masterclass during which he discussed the following about the acclaimed Love Exposure and Antiporno director’s new film:
“I’m thrilled about it! It’s unlike anything I’ve ever read before. It might be the wildest movie I’ve ever made, and that’s saying something. It’s out there. I wear a skintight black leather jumpsuit with grenades attached to different body parts, and if I don’t rescue the governor’s daughter from this state line where they’re all ghosts and bring her back they’re gonna blow me up. It’s just crazy. It’s way out there.” (ScreenAnarchy)
The film will be financed by Patriot Pictures/Union Patriot Capital Management, whose Michael Mendelsohn is producing with Untitled Entertainment’s Laura Rister, as well as Eleven Arts’ Ko Mori, Black Light District Entertainment’s Reza Sixo Safai and XYZ’s Nate Bolotin.
“We are thrilled to have Imogen Poots join Nicolas Cage in Prisoners of the Ghostland,” said XYZ. “With Sion Sono at the helm, this suspenseful film will captivate audiences with both its performances and riveting story line. Hold on to the edges of your imagination.”