NEON to Launch David Robert Mitchell’s “They Follow” at AFM – Sequel to “It Follows” Will Star Maika Monroe

It Follows

NEON to Produce with Good Fear Content; Production Set to Begin in 2024

Los Angeles ( October 30, 2023 ) -

Award-winning studio NEON announced “They Follow,” the long awaited sequel to the modern horror classic “It Follows” (2014), from visionary writer/director David Robert Mitchell and starring Maika Monroe. Monroe will reprise her role of Jay Height, which earned her an Empire Award nomination for It Follows. NEON will introduce the title to international buyers this week at AFM, with principal photography beginning in 2024. NEON will co-produce the film alongside Good Fear Content. Mitchell serves as a producer with Jake Weiner and Chris Bender of Good Fear Content, and the original producers of “It Follows,” David Kaplan, Erik Rommesmo, Rebecca Green, Laura Smith.

“They Follow” marks the second partnership between NEON CEO Tom Quinn and filmmaker, David Robert Mitchell, as Quinn’s label RADiUS, released “It Follows” in theaters in 2014, instantly becoming a cult classic, and grossing $15mm domestically.

Mitchell broke into the film industry with coming-of-age drama “The Myth of the American Sleepover” (2010), which had its world premiere at South by Southwest. He garnered critical acclaim with his second full-length feature It Follows including collecting a Critics Choice Awards nomination for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie. In 2018, he wrote, produced, and directed black comedy/mystery Under the Silver Lake starring Andrew Garfield and Riley Keough.

Mitchell is currently in development on an Untitled Warner Bros. and Bad Robot project with Anne Hathaway.

Monroe recently wrapped production on Oz Perkins “Longlegs” co-starring alongside Nicolas Cage which NEON will release in 2024. After her breakout role in “It Follows,” Monroe starred in Neil Jordan’s “Greta” for Focus Features as well as “Hot Summer Nights,” “Villains,” “Honey Boy” and “Watcher.”

They Follow will join the growing list of NEON Productions, including Brandon Cronenberg’s “Infinity Pool,” Bishal Dutta’s “It Lives Inside,” “Cuckoo,” the feature film debut of Hunter Schafer; “The Painter and the Thief” narrative remake; Asif Kapadia’s “2073,” and Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The End,” a golden-age musical starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.

In August, NEON expanded its footprint worldwide with an international sales division that is handling foreign sales on Ava DuVernay’s Origin, which NEON will release on December 8th following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and North American premiere in the Toronto International Film Festival.

NEON continues to be a leader in the acquisitions space with highly anticipated titles including Pamela Adlon’s directorial debut “Babes” starring Ilana Glazer and Michelle Buteau; Michael Mann’s “Ferrari,” set for a Nationwide release on Christmas Day; Palme d’Or winner “Anatomy of a Fall” from Justine Triet which is currently in theaters; Alice Rohrwacher’s “La Chimera”; Wim Wenders’ “Perfect Days,” the Japanese selection for ‘Best International Film’ at the Academy Awards and starring Cannes ‘Best Actor’ award-winner Koji Yakusho; and “Robot Dreams” from Pablo Berger.

CAA Media Finance brokered the deal with NEON.

Mitchell is represented by CAA, Good Fear Content and David Fox at Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light. Monroe is represented by WME and Entertainment360. The producers are represented by Hayden Godlblatt of FKKS, Allison Binder of GGSSC and Michael Weiss of Concentric Law.

About NEON
In only six years, NEON has garnered 25 Academy Award nominations (6 in this past awards season alone), 5 wins, including Best Picture, and has grossed over $200M at the box office. The company continues to push boundaries and take creative risks on bold cinema such as Bong Joon Ho’s “Parasite,” which made history winning four Academy Awards, becoming the first non-English-language film to claim Best Picture. The film also unanimously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes and grossed over $54M at the domestic box office.

The current NEON slate includes: 2023 Palme d’Or winner “Anatomy of a Fall” from Justine Triet, Alice Rohrwacher’s “La Chimera,” Wim Wenders’ “Perfect Days” (Japan’s official selection for 2024), and “Robot Dreams” from Pablo Berger, all of which premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival. Additional titles releasing this year include William Oldroyd’s Eileen, as well as Michael Mann’s Ferrari and Ava DuVernay’s Origin, both of which premiered out of the 2023 Venice FIlm Festival.

NEON has amassed a library of over 80 films, with noteworthy releases including: the Oscar-nominated documentaries “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” and “Fire of Love,” 2022’s highest grossing documentary, “Moonage Daydream,” and three-time Academy Award nominee Ruben Östlund’s “Triangle of Sadness.” It also includes “Flee,” which made history becoming the first film to score an impressive trifecta of Oscar nominations; “The Worst Person in The World,” which was nominated for Original Screenplay and International Feature Film; “Spencer,” which earned Kristen Stewart an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress; the record-breaking “Honeyland,” which is the first non-fiction feature to land “Academy Award” nominations for Best Documentary and Best International Feature Film in the same year; Julia Ducournau’s Palme d’Or winner, “Titane,” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” which garnered multiple Academy Award nominations, one win for Allison Janney and amassed over $30M in domestic box office.

The studio has several projects in various stages of development and production including: Cuckoo, the feature film debut of Hunter Schafer; “The Painter and the Thief” narrative remake; Asif Kapadia’s “2073,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The End,” a golden-age musical starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, “Seeking Mavis Beacon” from director Jazmin Jones, and “Cassandra at the Wedding,” based on the Dorothy Baker novel.

Other noteworthy NEON releases include:Bishal Dutta’s It Lives Inside, which NEON co-produced; “Infinity Pool” from Brandon Cronenberg; David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of The Future,” romantic comedy Palm Springs; “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and “Petite Maman” from French filmmaker Celine Sciamma; Todd Douglas Miller’s “Apollo 11,” 2019’s highest grossing documentary in the world; and Tim Wardle’s “Three Identical Strangers,” winner of the Sundance Special Jury Award for Storytelling, which surpassed $13M at the box office.

About Good Fear Content
Chris Bender and Jake Weiner produced (alongside David Robert Mitchell) his feature “Under The Silver Lake” with Andrew Garfield. They are EP’s on his untitled project for Bad Robot and Warner Bros. with Anne Hathaway. They are currently in post-production on “The Parenting” at New Line, mid-production on “Hysteria!” for Peacock and post-production on “My Spy: The Eternal City” at Amazon.