Alexander Skarsgård will star in Brandon Cronenberg’s “Infinity Pool,” a sci-fi thriller about a vacation that takes a twist.
Neon, the studio behind “Parasite,” will co-finance and executive produce the film alongside Topic Studios, which previously produced “Leave No Trace” and “Luce.” “Infinity Pool” comes on the heels of Skarsgård’s star turn in “Godzilla vs. Kong,” one of the few box office success stories of the pandemic era. Cronenberg recently directed the trippy horror film, “Possessor,” which Neon released.
Here’s the official logline for “Infinity Pool”: “James and Em are young, rich, in love, and on vacation. Their all-inclusive resort boasts island tours and gleaming beaches. But outside of the hotel gates waits something much more dangerous and seductive, beyond the edge of paradise.” Given Cronenberg’s out-there oeuvre, that “something” probably doesn’t involve lost travelers checks or a failure to apply sufficient sunscreen.
Skarsgård earned an Emmy for playing an abusive husband on HBO’s acclaimed TV series “Big Little Lies.” He will next be seen in Robert Eggers’ “The Northman” opposite Nicole Kidman, Anya Taylor-Joy and Willem Dafoe, as well as the upcoming season of “Succession,” HBO’s buzzy look at a media dynasty.
Neon has been moving more aggressively into producing the films it distributes. Recent projects include “Spencer,” which stars Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana, and “Crimes of the Future,” which will be directed by David Cronenberg, who also happens to be Brandon Cronenberg’s dad.
Telefilm Canada and the Croatian Film Fund will also co-finance the production. Karen Harnisch and Andrew Cividino of Film Forge, Noah Segal and Christina Piovesan of Elevation Pictures, and Rob Cotterill are producing, with Daniel Kresmery and Jonathan Halperyn co-producing for Hero Squared and Anita Juka for 4 Film. Tom Quinn, Jeff Deutchman, and Emily Thomas will serve as executive producers for Neon, Michael Bloom, Maria Zuckerman and Ryan Heller for Topic Studios, and Hengameh Panahi and Charlotte Mickie for Celluloid Dreams.
Panahi brokered the deal between Neon and the producers. Neon will release “Infinity Pool” in the U.S. and Elevation Pictures will release the film in Canada.
Skarsgård is repped by CAA and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller.