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Genre specialist XYZ has taken control of the project with STX no longer aboard for global distribution after boarding it last Cannes. Pre-production begins this month ahead of shoot in Victoria and South Australia.
Emmy nominee Snook is set to lead cast in director Daina Reid’s (The Handmaid’s Tale) film about a fertility doctor whose firm grasp on the cycle of life is put to the test as her young daughter begins to exhibit increasingly strange behavior. Additional casting has yet to be revealed.
Novelist Hannah Kent wrote the script from an original idea developed with Carver Films, with Anna McLeish and Sarah Shaw of Carver Films (Relic) to produce, and with XYZ Films as executive producer alongside 30West and executive producers Deanne Weir and Olivia Humphrey.
XYZ Films is financing via its production fund backed by IPR.VC in conjunction with Screen Australia, and handling world sales. Umbrella Entertainment is handling Australia/NZ distribution. Also supporting the film are Film Victoria, the South Australian Film Corporation, the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund and Soundfirm.
Snook, best known for playing Shiv Roy in HBO smash Succession, has also starred in Pieces Of A Woman, Winchester, Steve Jobs and Predestination.
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Reid recently directed Apple’s The Shining Girls and has also directed Emmy-nominated episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, as well as HBO’s The Outsider, Amazon’s Upload, and Sunshine. Reid previously directed Snook in limited series The Secret River.
XYZ’s recent sales slate includes Anna Kendrick sci-fi Stowaway, Netflix pic The Trip and God Is A Bullet with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Maika Monroe and Jamie Foxx
Snook is repped by UTA, Shanahan Management and Jennifer Rawlings Omni Management. Reid is repped by ICM Partners and RGM Artists.
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