Worldview Entertainment will finance and produce David Gordon Green’s southern drama, “Joe,” starring Nicolas Cage, the company announced on Friday in Toronto.
“Joe” is being written by Gary Hawkins and is based on the novel of the same name by Larry Brown. Lisa Muskat, David Gordon Green and Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, will produce alongside Derrick Tseng.
Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early November in Texas. London-based WestEnd Films will handle international sales and introduce the film to foreign buyers this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. CAA, which packaged and arranged financing for "Joe," is handling the film's domestic distribution rights.
“Joe” is the story of an ex-con who becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15-year-old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk father. Together they try to find a path to redemption and the hope for a better life in the rugged, dirty world of small town Mississippi.
"When Larry Brown wrote the novel ‘Joe,’ he instantly created an iconic character of contemporary Southern literature. It is with great excitement that I've been able to work with Nicolas Cage to design an absolute and unexpected performance piece that is woven from the darkness, beauty, humor and environment of this material,” said Green.
Worldview is currently in pre-production on Eli Roth’s film “The Green Inferno” and announced yesterday that it is financing and producing Ti West’s horror thriller, “The Sacrament,” presented by Roth.