‘The Walking Dead’ Star Jeffrey Dean Morgan to Star in Horror ‘Felix’ for Producer Joe Carnahan, Highland Deck Sales (Exclusive) | News
In a high-profile package that dropped ahead of Cannes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth will star in the horror thriller Felix for producer Joe Carnahan, with Highland Film Group topping worldwide sales.
John Kissack, whose credits include a horror thriller eternal fallwill direct from a script by Casey Giltner with principal photography slated for an early spring in Winnipeg, Canada.
Highland began presales on Felixcentered on Charlie and his best friend Jimmy who make a movie and dream of becoming great Hollywood directors.
When Charlie’s father finds an old ventriloquist doll named Felix among his late mother’s belongings, Charlie and Jimmy make the doll the creepy antagonist.
Through an increasingly sinister and disturbing chain of events, the family discovers that Felix has a mind of his own and it’s up to Charlie and Jimmy to rid their family of a disturbing force. Sales will continue on the Cannes market next month.
Carnahan (Hulu’s boss levelOpen roads Grey) produced alongside Jayson Therrien (FX’s Fargoby Netflix Black summer) and Kissack.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to team up with Joe Carnahan following the success of Hulu’s boss level with Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo,” said Highland Film Group CEO Arianne Fraser. COO Delphine Perrier described Felix as “Super 8 meets Child’s play.”
Morgan is best known for his role as Negan in AMC The Walking Dead and will be the next star of a spin-off series Isle of the Dead. Film credits include Zack Snyder watchmen, Carnage with Dwayne Johnson and Naomie Harris, and Losers with Zoe Saldana, Chris Evans and Idris Elba.
Ainsworth broke out as Miles Wingrave in the Netflix miniseries The Haunting of Bly Manor and the new Lionsgate series Son of a Critch. Up next are David S. Goyer Sand seller adaptation for Netflix and the Disney adaptation by Robert Zemeckis Pinocchio with Tom Hank.
Morgan is represented by UTA, attorney Stuart Rosenthal of Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher and Viewpoint. Ainsworth is represented by Alan Siegel Entertainment, ICM Partners, Mark Jermin Management and Paul Hastings.
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