“Cosmopolis” star Robert Pattinson is moving from the back seat of a limousine to the front, as “Maps to the Stars,” his next collaboration with director David Cronenberg, has started its 30-day shoot, which runs through August in Toronto and Los Angeles.
Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures are co-financing the Los Angeles-set movie, which stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Evan Bird and Pattinson.
A contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter (Wasikowska) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and befriended a limo driver (Pattinson) who is also an aspiring actor.
One of Stafford’s celebrity clients is Havana (Moore), an actress with an unusual new assistant. Havana’s dream of reprising her dead mother’s (Gadon) starring role from the 1960s slowly crumbles while ghosts, death and all manner of vices collide.
Cronenberg is directing “Maps to the Stars” from a script by Bruce Wagner. The film is produced by Prospero Pictures founder Martin Katz, as well as SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd (“Carnage”) and Michel Merkt. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver are exec producing. Integral Films’ Alfred Hürmer co-produces, while longtime Cronenberg collaborator Walter Gasparovic serves as associate producer.
“‘Maps to the Stars’ marks a return to the shocking and audacious cinema Cronenberg fans love, with a fantastic cast of award-winners and hugely talented newcomers,” said Katz.
eOne Films International is handling worldwide rights, and eOne will directly distribute “Maps to the Stars” in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/New Zealand. The film is produced with the support of Telefilm Canada, The Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.
Source: The Wrap
We are SO excited for Rob’s new film to be picked up by multiple buyers! We loved when Rob and Cronenberg worked together and can’t wait to see more of their collaboration in Maps to the Stars!
eOne has closed multiple deals on David Cronenberg’s new thriller Maps to the Stars, starring Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack.
Deals have closed with Benelux (Cineart), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Iceland (Gmight), Switzerland (PatheAG), Portugal (Lusomundo), Turkey (Calinos), Israel (Shani), Greece (Hollywood) and For
mer Yugoslavia (Discovery).
Deals are set to close shortly for C.I.S., Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Hong Kong and India.
Production is scheduled to kick off on July 8 in Toronto and Los Angeles on the ghost story that also doubles as a commentary on celebrity culture in Los Angeles. Bruce Wagner wrote the screenplay.
eOne will directly distribute the film in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
eOne and Prospero Pictures are co-financing and Katz produces with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd.
UPDATE: New Synopsis
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Cristina mostly looks after the career of their son Benje, 13, a child star. One of Sanford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the 60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night…Adding to the toxic mix, benje has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.
Note: It says shooting is to begin July 2013! Looks like Rob will film this before he starts work on Mission: Blacklist!