Mandy director Panos Cosmatos’ next film is a nightmare sci-fi romance

Panos Cosmatos, director of Mandy and Outside of the Black Rainbow, is directing and co-composing…

Mandy director Panos Cosmatos’ next film is a nightmare sci-fi romance

Panos Cosmatos, director of Mandy and Outside of the Black Rainbow, is directing and co-composing a new film along with screenwriter Maegan Houang. The film, named Nekrokosm, has no premiere date but will be created and produced by A24 in partnership with XYZ Movies. It’s billed as a “phantasmagorical fantasy nightmare” — in which “deep in a peculiar galaxy, two lovers are torn apart as they try to endure a malevolent invasion.”

Houang has written for the outstanding Starz sci-fi sequence Counterpart and the approaching miniseries Shōgun, although Cosmatos is best regarded for the 2018 movie Mandy, which pitted Nicolas Cage towards a violent neo-hippie cult. (A very memorable chainsaw duel — considerably from the strangest point in the movie — was referenced briefly in the new Cage meta-movie The Unbearable Body weight of Substantial Expertise.)

There’s not a ton of depth yet about Nekrokosm over and above a push release initial revealed by The Hollywood Reporter. So it’s not apparent no matter whether it will stick to Mandy’s route as a surreal but (relatively) conventionally paced action movie, or if we could see a little something more like the slow-melt away excursion of 2010’s Further than the Black Rainbow — a film that didn’t access the exact same broad viewers but founded the director’s distinctive retro-psychedelic style, as effectively as a penchant for discovering the dim side of countercultural idealism. But the press release refers to it as a “sci-fi epic”, which at least promises a thing appealingly bold for anybody who’s been waiting around on a new Cosmatos undertaking.