Voltage Pictures has launched worldwide sales on writer director Anna Elizabeth James’ upcoming thriller Deadly Illusions, starring Kristin Davis (“Sex and the City”), Dermot Mulroney (“Shameless”, “The Righteous Gemstones”), Greer Grammer (“Awkward.”) and Shanola Hampton (“Shameless”, You Again), it was announced today by President and COO Jonathan Deckter. Voltage will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming virtual Marche du Film.
The highly anticipated psychological thriller, currently in post-production, is produced by James Grammar and Hampton. Voltage Pictures’ Sarah Dunn negotiated the deal with Michelle Chang of Ramo Law.
The plot centers on a bestselling female novelist (Davis) who is suffering from writer’s block and hires an innocent young woman (Grammer) to watch over her twin children. As the novelist dangerously indulges in her new best-seller, the line between the life she’s writing about and the one she’s actually living becomes blurred. Mulroney plays Davis’ husband.
“Deadly Illusions is a perfectly executed throwback to cult classic thrillers, like Basic Instinct, that dominated the box-office in the 90s,” said Deckter. “This sophisticated modern take on a nostalgic genre, coupled with a talented cast with legions of fans across multiple demographics, makes for an incredibly strong package that we can’t wait to share with our partners.”
“Deadly Illusions is a subconscious look into the mind of a successful career woman and mother, her sexual longings and desires, and what can happen when those longings are not fulfilled — something I want to see more of in cinema,” said James. “I love those old school classic thrillers and wanted to create something that was an homage to them but hopefully with a new take and perspective. I feel we succeeded in this and am excited for the ride our audiences will go on. Our talented cast and crew knocked it out of the park, and we are thrilled to be with the incredible team at Voltage Pictures. We couldn’t have found a better partner to represent us.”
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Voltage Pictures, established in 2005, is a privately held, film and television production, financing and sales entity. Voltage has won six Academy Awards including Best Picture for The Hurt Locker, and three Academy Awards for Dallas Buyers Club.
The current Voltage sales slate includes the highly anticipated action-thriller The Marksman starring Liam Neeson, the gangster crime biopic Lanksy starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington and Annasophia Robb and the horror feature film The Call starring Insidious’ Lin Shaye and Saw’s Tobin Bell.
Voltage represented worldwide rights on After, based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Anna Todd, debuted number one at the box office in 17 international territories including Germany and Italy when released in April 2019 and grossed over $70m worldwide. The highly anticipated sequel, After We Collided, is currently in post-production.
Voltage also produced the blockbuster comedy I Feel Pretty starring Amy Schumer, Michelle Williams, Emily Ratajkowski, and Naomi Campbell, which generated nearly $100m in worldwide box office. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron, Lily Collins, Kaya Scodelario, Jim Parsons, and John Malkovich premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival to great acclaim.