Details on Nicolas Winding Refn’s New Film Titled ‘The Neon Demon’

The Neon Demon will be the next film from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, and the film is set to shoot in spring. The film will have a cast led by women, and will also focus on the gender. Refn has said in a statement:

“One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon.”

Indiewire has said about the film:

THR reports that the movie, previously referred to as “I Walk With The Dead,” is now titled “The Neon Demon,” it will be Refn’s next film, and production will start in the spring. While Polly Stenham was attached to write the script at one point, the trade said that Mary Laws, a first-time screenwriter out of Yale, has co-written the project with Refn. The story will find the director returning to Los Angeles to tell a story that he describes as “a horror film about vicious beauty.” Longtime collaborator Cliff Martinezwill score the film. Philippe Le Sourd (Wong Kar-Wai‘s “The Grand Master“) will be the DP.

But what about Carey Mulligan, who has also been linked to the project for ages? Well, she’s not mentioned, and when we chatted with Refn earlier this fall, all he would offer about her participation is, “Sometimes a mystery is better left unsolved until you see it. Or else what are you going to talk about?”

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.