Source: Karim Hussain


Neon has announced its third acquisition this week, taking US rights to Brandon Cronenberg’s sci-fi thriller Possessor starring Andrea Riseborough.

The film premiered at Sundance and centres on a corporate agent (Riseborough) who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies and get them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Christopher Abbott, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh round out the key cast. Possessor marks Cronenberg’s follow-up to his first feature, Antiviral

Arclight Films handles international sales on the Canadian/UK co-production produced by Niv Fichman, Kevin Krikst, and Fraser Ash for Rhombus Media, and Andy Starke for Rook Films.

Executive producers are Arclight’s Gary Hamilton, Ryan Hamilton and Ying Ye, Steven Squillante and David U Lee of Leeding Media, Noah Segal and Adrian Love of Elevation Pictures, Simon Williams, Daniel Negret, and Vaishali Mistry of Ingenious Media, Dave Bishop, Tony Roman, and Doris Pfardrescher of Well Go USA.

Possessor is an Ingenious Media presentation, produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates, in association with Arclight Films and Particular Crowd. Elevation Pictures will release the film in Canada and Well Go USA will handle the US entertainment release.

Jeff Deutchman negotiated the deal for Neon with Pfardrescher at Well Go USA, and CAA Media Finance on behalf of the filmmakers. Neon will announce release plans at a later date.

“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.”

Neon also said this week it had acquired US rights to Pig starring Nicolas Cage, and Amy Seimetz’s She Dies Tomorrow, which was scheduled to screen at SXSW.