Neon is getting in the Sean Baker business. The indie studio behind Parasite has taken North American rights to Baker’s romantic-dramedy Anora.
Mikey Madison stars in the film, which shot earlier this year in Brooklyn and is in post-production with an eye for a 2024 release. The plot is being kept under wraps, but Baker is known for crafting low-budget features examining people overlooked by society that emerge as critical hits and awards contenders. His filmography includes Tangerine, The Florida Project and Red Rocket, which he shot during the pandemic for around $1 million. Baker produced his latest film with Samantha Quan and Alex Coco, with Anora sporting a a slightly heftier budget than his previous features.
FilmNation has global rights to Anora, which also stars Mark Eydelshteyn, Yuriy Borisov, Karren Karagulian and Vache Tovmasyan. Neon VP of acquisitions Jason Wald negotiated the deal with FilmNation’s CEO Glen Basner.
Neon’s move comes days after the studio announced it was moving forward with They Follow, the sequel to the 2014 cult hit horror movie It Follows. It’s upcoming slate includes Pamela Adlon’s Babes and Michael Mann’s Ferrari.