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Jeff Bridges, Dave Bautista, Bryan Cranston, Sam Elliott, Extra Be a part of ‘Grendel’

Jeff Bridges (Loopy Coronary heart) will play the title position in Grendel, a live-action monster flick from The Jim Henson Firm, for which Palisades Park Photos is launching worldwide gross sales forward of Cannes.

Grendel is the story of the legendary monster on the coronary heart of the Beowulf epic poem who steps forth to inform his aspect of this riveting story. Directed by Robert D. Krzykowski (The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot), the movie’s ensemble additionally consists of Dave Bautista (Dune: Half Two) as Beowulf, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Unhealthy) as King Hrothgar, Sam Elliott (A Star is Born) as The Dragon, Thomasin McKenzie (Final Night time in Soho) as Queen Wealhtheow, and Aidan Turner (The Hobbit: The Battle of the 5 Armies) as Unferth. Along with taking part in the position of The Shaper, famed recording artist and file producer T Bone Burnett will present unique songs for the movie.

Krzykowski tailored the script from John Gardner’s critically acclaimed novel of the identical title. Producers on the venture embody Brian Henson (The Muppet Christmas Carol, Farscape) and Vince Raisa (The Happytime Murders) for The Jim Henson Firm, Krzykowski and Jay Glazer (Physique Language, Get Luke Lowe), who collectively acquired the rights to the novel in 2020, Dennis Berardi (Monster Hunter, Frankenstein), and Jon D. Wagner (Bone Tomahawk, Hang-out).

Exec producers embody Bridges, John Sayles (Lone Star, Eight Males Out), Tamara Birkemoe, and Joe Jenckes of Ashland Hill Media Finance. Palisades Park Photos are launching worldwide gross sales on the upcoming Marché du Movie, with CAA Media Finance and UTA Unbiased Movie Group co-repping rights for North America. Ashland Hill Media Finance is financing, with Jim Henson’s Creature Store (5 Nights at Freddy’s, The place the Wild Issues Are) to deal with the sensible creature work and design. Manufacturing is slated to kick off in Europe later this yr.

Grendel represents all the things I really like concerning the motion pictures,” Krzykowski stated. “John Gardner’s mad masterpiece cleverly tackles what it’s to be human by the wild-eyed lens of a monster. It’s an honor to work with such a outstanding group of storytellers, all of whom search to convey one thing great and sudden to audiences now.”

Acknowledged Palisades Park Photos CEO Tamara Birkemoe, “We’re delighted to be introducing this elevated, high-concept story to our distributors world wide. With this sensible solid, Bob’s vivid imaginative and prescient and the extraordinary artistic observe file of our mates at The Jim Henson Firm, we can’t wait to see Grendel come to life.”

Different characteristic titles on the Palisades’ Cannes gross sales slate embody The Magic Faraway Tree starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy; That’s Amore! starring John Travolta, Katherine Heigl and Christopher Walken; Philip Noyce’s action-adventure Quick Charlie starring Pierce Brosnan, Morena Baccarin and James Caan; and Neil Marshall’s motion thriller Duchess, starring Charlotte Kirk, Philip Winchester, Sean Pertwee, Colm Meaney and Stephanie Beacham.

Bridges is repped by CAA, MGMT Leisure, Particular Artists Company and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum;  Bautista by CAA, Meisner Leisure Group, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman; Cranston by UTA and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole; Elliott by Gersh and Berwick & Kovacik; McKenzie by UTA, Untitled Leisure, Gail Cowan Administration and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole; Turner by Curtis Brown Group, Lisa Richards, and Felker Toczek Suddleson; Burnett by LJ Leisure; and Krzykowski by Neon Kite, Verve, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman.

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