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.
It’s pretty much Nicolas Cage’s world and were all just living in it.
Indeed, that makea three headlines this week for the upcoming 211 star whose latest attachment comes by way of Japanese auteur Sono Sion’s new post-apcolyptic actioner, Prisoners Of The Ghostland, which XYZ Films has included in its sales raft at Cannes. News comes just a day following Cage’s attachment to Millenium’s forthcoming detective noir thriller, Kill Chain.
Sono, the acclaimed helmer of such favorites as Love Exposure, Tokyo Tribe and Why Don’t You Play In Hell will make his English language debut from a script by Aaron Hendry and Reza Sixo Safai. As Patrick Hipes at Deadline reports, Prisoners Of The Ghostland sees Cage in the role of notorious criminal Hero, who is sent to rescue an abducted girl 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, an East-meets-West vortex of beauty and violence.
Safai is producing via his Black Light District Entertainment next to Laura Rister of Untitled Entertainment, Eleven Arts’ own Ko Mori, and Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films.
Han Yan’s Cyberpunk Actioner, DREAM BREAKER, Impresses With Spectacular Visuals And Style In The Latest Trailer
Beijing Film Academy graduate Han Yan is stepping out in strong fashion these days. The latest trailer for cyberpunk action sci-fi thriller, Dream Breaker, is all-but-proof of this with a cast led by actress Chen Duling who recently appeared in Hiroki Ryuichi’s Namiya novel adaptation.
Actor and young talent Song Dawei also joins in for the film’s sprawling narrative which reportedly centers on a young girl whose investigation into her father’s suicide leaves her trapped in an illegal VR game. The film’s development and production was targeted specificially toward today’s audiences tethered to the digital age with a design aided remarkably by Sono Sion (Tokyo Tribe) who also executive produced the film.
Jetavana Entertainment holds the rights to this particular project with the hopes of launching a franchise bolstered by YA audiences. While we await an exact release date, the aforementioned trailer below is available and all the more validates my earlier point. Take a look!
The series follows Sono’s protégé, actress Tomite Ami in the role of Manami, a young woman targeted amid Earth’s takeover of the evil Corvin vampire tribe on the eve of her 22nd birthday. Upon her rescue by a mysterious and extraordinary heroine named K (Kaho) and with mankind’s destruction looming, the epic story continues with a ragtag grouping of young men and women, some on a dating retreat, now trapped inside the lush Hotel Requiem whose eerie management promise safe haven from outside as long as their newfound prisoners continue to procreate more humans to feed off of.
“I had wanted to make an original vampire movie for a long time and now my wish has come true,” commented director Sion Sono. “Amazon offered me the chance to make an original drama, but I approached it as if making a movie. I am proud to say we’ve produced something that has never been done before either as TV drama or feature film. I hope you enjoy it.”