Goldcrest to Bankroll Andre Ovredal's English-Language Debut 'Autopsy of Jane Doe'

9:56 AM PST 10/24/2013 by Stuart Kemp
"The Troll Hunter"

The movie marks a return to fully financing films for the British company.

LONDON -- U.K. sales, finance and postproduction banner Goldcrest will fully finance Andre Ovredal's first English-language film, psychological horror The Autopsy of Jane Doe.

The movie is set in a small-town family-owned mortuary and follows father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim: a beautiful young "Jane Doe."

As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, they discover increasingly bizarre clues, which hold the key to terrifying secrets.

The Troll Hunter director's first English film is based on an original screenplay by Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing and is produced by Fred Berger (Taking Chance) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) via the duo's Impostor Pictures banner, alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Welcome to the Punch, Monsters: Dark Continent).

Chris Columbus is in line to produce the U.S. remake of Ovredal's Troll Hunter.

Goldcrest's Nick Quested and Pascal Degove will serve as executive producers and the company will handle global sales and distribution.

The project will be touted to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market (AFM).

Production is scheduled for this winter in London with "casting underway."

Goldcrest Post, under managing director Chris Quested, will oversee the projects picture and sound postproduction services.

Goldcrest Films is headed by managing director Pascal Degove, former head of international at EuropaCorp.

Norwegian director Ovredal said the script for Jane Doe had everything he wanted in a horror movie. "It is simply the scariest script I have ever read."

Degove said Ovredal's project was "exactly the sort of overtly commercial project I love delivering to distributors and audiences -- a perfect storm of exciting creative talent, a great script and a sensible budget."

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