[News] Panos Cosmatos’s new Sci-Fi Epic NEKROKOSM in Development at A24
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A24 and XYZ Films team up with filmmaker Panos Cosmatos (Mandy, Beyond the Black Rainbow) for a new sci-fi fantasy film NEKROKOSM.

Panos Cosmatos was born in Rome in the mid ’70s to a Greek movie director father and a Swedish experimental artist mother, Cosmatos spent his early formative years toted all over the globe before settling in western Canada. In 1980, the family lived for a year in Mexico, where exposure to the strange, local interpretations of American pop culture had a profound and lasting effect on his creative life. Growing up in the isolated suburbs of Vancouver Island during the ‘80s, he obsessed over the minutiae of heavy metal, fantasy art, science fiction and horror films, which he still does to this day.

After the death of his mother in the late ‘90s, he descended into a decade-long vortex of madness and self-destruction. After his father passed away he emerged having decided to make a movie, or die trying. Soon after, Beyond the Black Rainbow was born. His new film is its companion piece, Mandy, starring Nicolas Cage and Andrea Riseborough, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance and Cannes. Panos is currently in post-production on an episode of Guillermo Del Toros’ Cabinet of Curiosities for Netflix.

Deep within a strange galaxy, two lovers are torn apart as they try to survive a malevolent invasion in this phantasmagorical fantasy nightmare.

Maegan Houang (“Counterpart” Jamojaya) is set to pen the screenplay for NEKROKOSM with a story by Houang and Cosmatos. Most recently, Houang wrote for the limited series Shōgun at FX and A24’s The Sympathizer at HBO.

Maegan Houang is a writer based in Michigan and Los Angeles. She most recently served as a co-producer on “The Sympathizer”, wrote episodes for “Counterpart” and “Shōgun”, and co-wrote Justin Chon’s forthcoming feature Jamojaya. Maegan has also directed music videos for artists such as Mitski, Vagabon, Hana Vu, Charly Bliss and Skylar Spence. Her short film In Full Bloom starring Kieu Chinh (The Joy Luck Club) premiered on Short of the Week.

A24 will produce alongside Nate Bolotin of XYZ Films. A24 will also finance and handle worldwide releasing.

XYZ Films and Panos Cosmatos collaborated on the sales/distribution of his debut film Beyond the Black Rainbow in 2010, and then subsequently reunited on the production and worldwide sales of Mandy starring Nicolas Cage, which screened at Sundance and Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2018.

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