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Upstart 30WEST, which made a series of deals out of the Toronto International Film Festival, including co-acquiring I, Tonya with Neon, will fully finance the film.
Based on an original screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi (The Invitation, Ride Along), the story centers on LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman), who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a cult-like gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past.
Automatik’s Fred Berger (La La Land) is producing alongside Hay and Manfredi, who also wrote and produced Kusama’s The Invitation (Kusama is married to Hay).
Rocket Science is handling international sales and helped arrange the financing, while ICM Partners and CAA are representing North American rights to the film.
“Phil and Matt have written one of the most compelling screenplays I’ve ever read, Nicole is at the top of her game — doing tremendously exciting work — and Karyn is one of the most assured voices working today,” said Berger. “It’s a powerful combination, sure to produce an iconic character, and I feel lucky to be in their company.”
Added Rocket Science’s Thorsten Schumacher: “In bringing together Karyn Kusama and Nicole Kidman, Destroyer is set to be a formidable and intelligent commercial thriller with a commanding female protagonist.”
Kidman most recently starred in Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled for Focus Features and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Killing of a Sacred Deer for A24. She is repped by CAA and Media Talent Group.
Kusama is handled by ICM Partners, while Hay and Manfredi are repped by UTA.
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