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Catherine Hardwicke began shooting her erotic thriller Plush in Los Angeles on Monday with a cast led by Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel and Cam Gigandet.
IM Global is financing the film through its genre label Octane. The company was already on board as international sales agent and sold the film to a number of foreign distributors during the Cannes Film Market in May.
Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity) is producing Plush, about a rising rock star who, after losing her bandmate and brother to a drug overdose, finds herself in a downwards spiral. After her second album proves a commerical disaster, she becomes involved with a replacement guitarist, and their relationship soon crosses the line sexually.
“We have a director and a producer with more than a billion dollars of box office under their belts and who have launched two of the most successful franchises of all time. Ally those credentials to a brilliantly twisting, erotic screenplay and a vibrant young cast, and we couldn’t be more excited about the film’s prospects,” IM Global CEO Stuart Ford, who is executive producing the film alongside colleagues Steve Squillante and Michael Roban.
Octane’s past credits include box office hits Paranormal Activity and Insidious. It has two genre films playing in the Midnight Madness Section of the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival: Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem and Barry Levinson’s The Bay.
CAA is handling domestic rights to Plush.
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