Neon has acquired the North American rights to “The End,” a musical directed by Joshua Oppenheimer that will star Tilda Swinton, George MacKay and Stephen Graham.
Oppenheimer is the director of the acclaimed documentaries “The Act of Killing” and “The Look of Silence,” and his next film will be a musical about the last human family. Additional plot details are being kept under wraps. Production is scheduled to begin in 2022.
Oppenheimer and Final Cut for Real’s Signe Byrge Sørensen are producing “The End.” Wild Atlantic Pictures and Match Factory Productions are co-producing. The Danish Film Institute in Denmark and Film-und Medienstiftung NRW in Germany will support with financing.
Tilda Swinton will this year be seen in “The Souvenir: Part II,” “The French Dispatch” and Neon’s “Memoria” from director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. She’ll next appear in George Miller’s “Three Thousand Years of Longing” alongside Idris Elba.
“The End” also features creative work by Marius De Vries as executive music producer, who worked in that role on “La La Land” and more recently “Annette” and “CODA,” as well as original music by Josh Schmidt, the composer of “Adding Machine.”
Stephen Graham is known for “Boardwalk Empire” and he most recently starred in “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”
George MacKay is best known for starring in “1917” and will soon be seen in the adaptation of Robert Harris’ “Munich: The Edge of War” and Nathalie Biancheri’s genre drama “Wolf” alongside Lily-Rose Depp.
Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal for NEON with the producers and UTA Independent Film Group. The Match Factory will handle international sales.
Swinton is represented by UTA and Hamilton Hodell. Graham is represented by ICM Partners, Independent Talent Group and manager Ben Levine at Link Entertainment. MacKay is represented by UTA and Gordon and Fench; Oppenheimer is represented by UTA. De Vries and Schmidt are both represented by UTA.
For the record: a previous version of this story spelled George MacKay’s name incorrectly.