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Splice

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Vincenzo Natali
Produced by Guillermo del Toro
Joel Silver
Written by Vincenzo Natali
Doug Taylor
Antoinette Terry Bryant
Starring Adrien Brody
Sarah Polley
David Hewlett
Cinematography Tetsuo Nagata
Editing by Michele Conroy
Studio Dark Castle Entertainment
Senator Entertainment
Gaumount
Distributed by Warner Bros. (US)
Seville Pictures (Canada)
Release date(s) 4 June 2010
Country Canada
France
United States
Language English
Budget $26 million

Splice is a science fiction film directed by Vincenzo Natali and starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley, who portray two young scientists who begin involving human DNA in their splicing of animal genes.[1]

Contents

Premise

Two young scientists (Brody and Polley) achieve fame by splicing human DNA with the DNA of different animals to create a new creature.[2] In the process they ignore their society's ethical and legal boundaries. The scientists name their creature "Dren", which is initially a deformed female infant. However, it rapidly develops into a beautiful, but deadly winged human-chimera.[3]

Cast

Production

Splice was written by director Vincenzo Natali and screenwriters Doug Taylor and Antoinette Terry Bryant.[3] The script was originally meant to follow up Natali's Cube (1997), but the budget and restricted technology hindered the project. In 2007, the project entered active development as a 75% Canadian and 25% French co-production, receiving a budget of $26 million.[9] The director described the film: "Splice is very much about our genetic future and the way science is catching up with much of the fiction out there. "[This] is a serious film and an emotional one. And there's sex... Very unconventional sex. The centerpiece of the movie is a creature which goes through a dramatic evolutionary process. The goal is to create something shocking but also very subtle and completely believable."[10]

In October 2007, actors Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley were cast into the lead roles. Production began the following November in the city of Toronto.[3] It was aided by Telefilm Canada's funding of US$2.5 million.[11] Filming took place in Toronto and Hamilton, Ontario and concluded in February 2008.[9]

The creatures in the film were created by New York based artist Dan Ouellette of Neurotica Divine.[12]

Release

The film premiered on 6 October 2009 at Sitges Film Festival[13] and was part of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.[14] After a bidding war with Apparition,[15] The Weinstein Company,[16] Newmarket Films, First Look Studios, and Samuel Goldwyn Films,[17] Dark Castle Entertainment purchased the film in February 2010.[18] The film will receive a wide release in the United States on June 4, 2010, with Warner Bros. as distributor.[19][20]

Sequel

Natali talked on 18 January 2010 with Bloody Disgusting over possible sequels of the film.[21]

References

  1. ^ New Hi-Res Images From 'Splice'
  2. ^ Creature Introduced in First Ever Clip from 'Splice'!
  3. ^ a b c Borys Kit (2007-10-04). "A creature feature for Polley, Brody". The Hollywood Reporter. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/film/news/e3i45d15bffe64a1be87201ecc8469723cd. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  4. ^ Sundance '10: A Monster is Born in New 'Splice' Clip
  5. ^ New Splice Clip Explores Creationism
  6. ^ Splice Director Vincenzo Natali Sets up Film Blog
  7. ^ New Splice Stills Show Off More Monster
  8. ^ Sundance '10: New 'Splice' Image Asks, 'Can I Have This Dance?'
  9. ^ a b Marise Strauss (2007-10-05). "Natali taps Polley, Brody for Splice". Playback. http://www.playbackonline.ca/articles/daily/20071005/splice.html. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  10. ^ Ryan Rotten (2007-04-25). "EXCL: Natali Talks Splice!". ShockTillYouDrop.com. http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/news/topnews.php?id=132. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  11. ^ "Telefilm Canada announces funding for 11 English-language projects". Canadian Press. 2007-12-20. http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=e122076A. Retrieved 2008-01-08. 
  12. ^ Exclusive: Artist Dan Ouellette Discusses Splice and Why to Always Get It in Writing
  13. ^ Sundance '10: Impressive Park City at Midnight Full Line-Up!
  14. ^ Sundance '10: 'Splice' Director Vincenzo Natali Blogs
  15. ^ Service deals becoming a hit at Sundance
  16. ^ Sundance '10: Bidding War Over Vincenzo Natali's 'Splice'
  17. ^ Sundance 2010: Splice Object of Service Deal Bidding Battle
  18. ^ Big Sundance Deal Getting Done: 'Splice'
  19. ^ Dark Castle Making Massive Commitment to 'Splice' Release?
  20. ^ Horror Takes on the Summer Blockbusters! Splice Set For Summer Release from Warner
  21. ^ Vincenzo Natali on Potential 'Splice' Sequels

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