By Evan DeSimone
Amazon Studios has grabbed the distribution rights for “Neon Demon,” the new original feature from Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”), according to a report by Variety.
The film, which stars Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks and Jena Malone, is an edgy portrayal of a young model’s (Fanning) life after moving to Los Angeles. The film takes on the youth and beauty obsessed culture of the entertainment industry and the destructive impact it can have on young aspiring talent.
Amazon will take charge of the film’s theatrical distribution in the United States. Amazon will also enjoy an exclusive window period for the film’s digital distribution on Amazon Prime Instant Video. The deal is part of Amazon’s drive to produce and distribute 12 original films per year, a project that is already underway with with Kristen Wiig’s “Desired Moments” and Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.”
“Neon Demon” was produced by Gaumont and Wild Bunch, the team behind Refn’s 2013 feature “Only God Forgives.” It is expected to release in the U.S. sometime in the summer of 2016.