Voltage Pictures to launch Cannes virtual market sales on thriller ‘Deadly Illusions’ (exclusive)

Voltage Pictures to launch Cannes virtual market sales on thriller ‘Deadly Illusions’ (exclusive)

by JEREMY KAY

06/16/2020

Voltage Pictures will launch worldwide sales at the Cannes virtual market next week on the upcoming thriller Deadly Illusions starring Kristin Davis (Sex And The City), Dermot Mulroney (Shameless), Greer Grammer (Awkward), and Shanola Hampton (Shameless).

Anna Elizabeth James is directing the project from her own screenplay, which Voltage president and COO Jonathan Deckter described as being a throwback to classic thrillers like Basic Instinct.

James Grammar and Hampton are producing the project, currently in post.

Deadly Illusions centres on a bestselling female novelist (Davis) suffering from writer’s block who hires a young woman (Grammer) to watch over her twin children.

As the novelist becomes deeply immersed in her novel, the line between the life she is writing about and the one she is living becomes blurred. Mulroney plays Davis’ husband.

“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,” said Deckter. 

James added, “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.

“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.”

 

Voltage Pictures’ Sarah Dunn negotiated the deal with Michelle Chang of Ramo Law. The project was formerly called Grace.

 

The Los Angeles-bases company’s sales slate includes Liam Neeson action thriller The Marksman; gangster crime biopic Lanksy starring Harvey Keitel, Sam Worthington and Annasophia Robb; and horror feature The Call starring Lin Shaye and Tobin Bell.