NEON has closed in on domestic distribution rights for “Pig,” a revenge thriller from debut director Michael Sarnoski and starring Nicolas Cage. The distributor is coming off a historic win when Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” took home the Academy Award for Best Picture in February.
According to Variety, Sarnoski’s picture was up for many competitive buyers to close in on ever since the first footage was shown at the Berlin Film Festival. Producers on the film are Dimitra Tsingou, Ben Giladi, David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Dori Rath, Joseph Restaino, Steve Tisch, and Thomas Benski (CEO of Pulse Films, the leading production company on the film). Sarnoski directs from a story of his in collaboration with Vanessa Block. The film will be released theatrically at a date to be determined, as the coronavirus pandemic has altered many future decisions from the movie industry lately.
Set in Oregon, Cage stars as a truffle hunter whose pig is kidnapped, leading him to go on a vengeful venture through Portland for answers. Alex Wolff is also in the cast, after making appearances with his roles in Ari Aster’s “Hereditary” and his own directorial debut, “The Cat and the Moon.”
Cage has been nominated for an Academy Award twice, winning one of those instances for his led role in 1995’s “Leaving Las Vegas.” Cage leads in what is another addition to his recent flashy, genre roles. He was recently seen in Richard Stanley’s horror sci-fi, “Color Out of Space.” In 2018, he voiced a character in the Oscar-winning animated film, “Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse,” as well as starring in the eerie horror, “Mandy,” from director Panos Cosmatos.
NEON is the distributor behind 2020’s Best Picture winner and also the distributor behind features such as the two time Oscar nominated documentary, “Honeyland,” “Apollo 11,” “Monos” and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire.” NEON’s recent acquisitions include the Andy Samberg comedy, “Palm Springs,” and Norwegian documentary, “The Painter and the Thief,” out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
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