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NEON Acquires Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Possessor’

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If there’s one studio that will come out strong following the COVID-19 lockdown, it’s NEON. Just a few days ago, the studio acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the SXSW hit “She Dies Tomorrow” and followed it up yesterday with the domestic rights to “Pig” starring Nicolas Cage. Earlier this year, the studio made some impressive acquisitions out of Sundance, including The Lonely Island’s “Palm Springs.” The acquisitions keep on coming, as NEON just nabbed another one of Sundance’s most talked-about films.

NEON announced today that they had acquired the domestic rights to Brandon Cronenberg’s disturbing sci-fi thriller, “Possessor” starring Andrea Riseborough,  Christopher Abbott, Tuppence Middleton, with Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The film made it’s debut at Sundance 2020 as it unnerved audiences with its grotesque body horror.

“NEON is a hugely exciting distributor, and I’ve been eager to work with them for a while now,” said Cronenberg. “I’m thrilled they are taking on ‘Possessor’ in collaboration with Well Go USA, who made production of the film possible.”

”Possessor” is only the second film from Cronenberg. The filmmaker made his debut with 2012’s “Antiviral,” which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went on to win accolades at TIFF and Stiges Film Festival.

You can read a synopsis below:

“Possessor” follows corporate agent Tasya Vos (Riseborough) who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies – ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Last year, NEON cemented itself as a force on the festival circuit acquiring the 2020 Best Picture WinnerParasite,” powerful documentaries “Apollo 11” and “Amazing Grace,” underrated indie gems “Luce” and “Monos,” and Céline Sciamma’s beloved hit “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” With their 2020 acquisitions, NEON has only continued to prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

Are you excited for Branden Cronenberg’s “Possessor?” Is NEON on track to become as formidable as A24? Let us know in the comments below!

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