Lionsgate went out on a limb today by purchasing distribution rights to Marjane Satrapi’s upcoming The Voices. The dark film centers around a disturbed factory worker, who hears advice from his pet dog and cat, is implicated in the accidental death of his co-worker. Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) finds himself acting out unconscious urges when he falls for a pretty girl at work. Those unconscious urges are often brought to the surface via pets owned by Reynolds’ character.
Yes, you read that right, Ryan Reynolds will be playing a man who speaks to his pets about murder.
Satrapi, who directed Persepolis, had this to say about Lionsgate picking up the film: “I am very excited and happy that Lionsgate is distributing my film. I know my baby is in great hands.” Producers Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna added, “We are really pleased to have made what’s been called the ultimate WTF horror comedy at Sundance. With their impressive ability to champion such bold, genre bending pictures, we know Lionsgate is the perfect home for this film.”
Those hoping for a peek at the film will be disappointed to learn there is no trailer put together for the film yet, but word from festivals is that Reynolds nails the thin line between sympathetic and completely insane. Fans going to see the film on Reynold’s star quality alone might be surprised after his recent Hollywood output (R.I.P.D., Green Lantern).
A release date is pending, though Lionsgate aims to release the film in theaters later this year. Read our review from the Sundance Film Festival.
Source: The Wrap