Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents of Production, Film, and Television Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum announced this week that principal photography has commenced in Vancouver, British Columbia, for the horror thriller Antlers.
This is the first project between Fox Searchlight Pictures and Guillermo del Toro following the announcement of a deal between Searchlight and del Toro that covers live-action feature film projects to be written, produced, and/or directed by del Toro.
Antlers is directed by Scott Cooper from a script by Henry Chaisson and Nick Antosca (with revisions by Cooper) from the short story “The Quiet Boy” by Antosca. The film’s producers are del Toro, J. Miles Dale, and David S. Goyer with Kevin Turen as executive producer. It stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, and Amy Madigan.
“I couldn’t be more excited to begin production on Antlers with Guillermo del Toro and reunite with my dear friends at Fox Searchlight,” said Cooper, adding, “They’re incredible filmmakers – not to mention necessary filmmakers – and are extremely passionate and supportive of my vision as I venture into yet another genre and delve into the unnerving world of ancestral spirits.”
“We are delighted to be back in business with Scott Cooper, with whom we had an incredible journey on the Oscar-winning Crazy Heart, and Guillermo Del Toro, fresh off The Shape of Water,” said Fox Searchlight Chairmen Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula.
Joining Cooper on the film is director of photography Florian Hoffmeister, production designer Tim Grimes, editor Dylan Tichenor, costume designer Karin Nosella, creature effects supervisor Shane Mahan, and special effects make-up artists Lindala Schminken and Toby Lindala. Antlers will be overseen by Matthew Greenfield and David Greenbaum and SVP of Production DanTram Nguyen and Coordinator Cornelia Burleigh.
A small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.