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Lionsgate Acquires Sundance Pic ‘The Voices’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 12:02pm PST

VoicesMarjane Satrapi’s English-language debut The Voices premiered this year at Sundance and stars Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. Lionsgate has landed U.S. distribution rights to the horror comedy, which centers on a lovable but disturbed factory worker (Reynolds) who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden turn, the man’s talking pets — a sinister cat and benevolent dog — lead him down a fantastical, murderous path. Michael R Perry wrote the script and Matthew Rhodes, Adi Shankar, Roy Lee and Spencer Silna produced. The film is presented by Lionsgate and 1984 Private Defense Contractors and is a Mandalay Vision, Studio Babelsberg and Vertigo Entertainment production. Satrapi’s first feature, Persepolis, was nominated for an Animated Feature Oscar in 2008. CAA and UTA co-repped the deal.

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Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick Join ‘Voices’ Chorus

By | Monday April 22, 2013 @ 8:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Gemma Arterton and Anna Kendrick have been set to star alongside Ryan Reynolds in The Voices, the Marjane Satrapi-directed psychological thriller that is being co-produced by 1984 Private Defense Contractors and Mandalay Vision. Filming is about to start in Berlin, with script by Paranormal Activity‘s Michael R. Perry. Reynolds plays a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil “talking” cat and benevolent “talking” dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation. Read More »

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Ryan Reynolds Circling ‘The Voices’ For Mandalay Vision

By | Tuesday October 9, 2012 @ 4:58pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Ryan ReynoldsEXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment are in early talks with Ryan Reynolds to star in The Voices, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity’s Michael R. Perry. The script made the Black List, and Satrapi got an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature for her first film Persepolis, adapted from her semi-autobiographical novel. Read More »

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Mandalay Vision, Vertigo Duet On Marjane Satrapi-Directed Thriller ‘The Voices’

By | Tuesday August 7, 2012 @ 9:24am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Mandalay Vision and Vertigo Entertainment will team on The Voices, a psychological thriller that will be directed by Marjane Satrapi from a script by Paranormal Activity’s Michael R. Perry. The script made the Black List, and Satrapi got an Oscar nom for Best Animated Feature for her first film Persepolis, adapted from her semi-autobiographical novel.

Mandalay Vision will finance the film, and Mandalay Vision’s Matthew Rhodes and Cathy Schulman are producing with Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee. Mandalay Senior Vice President Adam Stone will also produce. Casting is underway, and the intention is to begin production in the early part of 2013.

Jerry Hickfang is a lovable but strange bathtub factory worker who yearns for the attention of a woman in accounting. When their relationship takes a sudden murderous turn, Jerry’s evil talking cat and benevolent talking dog lead him down a fantastical path that ultimately brings him to salvation. While the talking thing is wacky, I am totally buying into the casting of the cat as the villain and dog as hero. Both Satrapi and Perry are represented by UTA.

“Between Michael Perry’s unique voice, and Marjane’s visionary style, we couldn’t be more excited to make this picture,” said Rhodes, who is Mandalay Vision president. Lee called Perry’s script “inventive and horrifying,” and said that it was … Read More »

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