Gillian Anderson (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, “The X-Files,” “The Fall”),Kodi Smit-McPhee (THE ROAD, SLOW WEST, X-MEN: APOCOLYPSE) who is in final negotiations, and Tilda Cobham-Hervey (52 TUESDAYS, “The Kettering Incident”) have all been attached to star in CROAK, directed by Academy Award® Nominee Sam Fell (FLUSHED AWAY, PARANORMAN). Nicole Carmen-Davis, Rebekah Gilbertson and Philippa Campbell are producing the unique romantic comedy. Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder’s new company, Cornerstone Films will handle international sales beginning in Cannes.
Written by Lucy Moore, CROAK tells an unlikely love story between world-weary 17-year-old Jenny (Cobham-Hervey) and mysterious, geeky Marcus (Smit-McPhee). While Jenny is a human drawn to the dark side of life, Marcus is a young grim reaper living somewhere between the land of the living and oblivion. After several missteps in the human world, the grim “Mistress” (Anderson) declares that one more mistake from Marcus will sentence him to a lifetime of oblivion. When Marcus commits the ultimate reaper sin, the determined young lovers give a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Till Death Do Us Part’!
The film’s set will be brought to life by visual effects supervisor Adam McInnes (MUPPETS MOST WANTED, NANNY MCPHEE, “Game of Thrones”), Academy Award ® winning costume designer Ngila Dickson (LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING, CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON: THE GREEN LEGEND); and Double Negative who are an Academy Award ® winning visual effects company with credits including HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS: PART 2 and THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1.
“CROAK abandons the traditional constructs of a romantic comedy and brings a much edgier tone to the world of young love,” says Cornerstone Films co-founders Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder. “Death, love and laughter are universal themes intertwined in this unconventional love story and we’re excited to introduce this project in Cannes.”