Nicolas Winding Refn returning to LA with ‘The Neon Demon’

Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011)

After a trip to Bangkok, it seems like writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn is returning to the electricity of Los Angeles and Drive for his next feature, The Neon Demon.

Deadline reported the news on Monday and called the film a horror tale with a female-lead. The site added that Refn spoke on the reason he wanted to make the film saying that, “one morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty.”

Principal photography is set to begin in the first quarter of 2015 in LA. Refn’s regular collaborators, editor Matthew Newman and composer Cliff Martinez, will be joined by The Grandmaster director of photography Philippe Le Sourd on the film with a 2016 release date being eyed.

This film will bring Refn back to LA after his hit film Drive exploded on the film scene in 2011 with Ryan Gosling’s hypnotic performance. His follow-up with Gosling didn’t take over nearly as well as Only God Forgives completely tanked and left Refn moving on to work on I Walk With The Dead prior to taking on Neon Demon.

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