Stan announces original film starring Sam Neill and Christoph Waltz

Nine’s streaming video on demand (SVOD) service Stan continues to expand its original slate of content, announcing a new film starring Hollywood royalty Sam Neill and Christoph Waltz.

Titled The Portable Door, the ‘magical fantasy adventure’ film is currently in production in Queensland, and has been adapted from Tom Holt’s eponymous seven-book fantasy series with award-winning Australian director Jeffrey Walker at the helm.

A Jim Henson Company and Story Bridge Films production, The Portable Door is produced by Blanca Lista from The Jim Henson Company and Todd Fellman from Story Bridge Films.

Madman Entertainment will handle theatrical distribution, ahead of the film’s premiere on Stan.

Stan chief content officer, Cailah Scobie, said: “Stan continues its strong investment and focus on premium local programs and feature films like The Portable Door as part of our strategy to create more Australian produced content.

“Helmed by one of Australia’s most accomplished directors in Jeffrey Walker and featuring award-winning actors Christoph Waltz, Sam Neill and Patrick Gibson, alongside a stellar Australian cast, we look forward to seeing this magical film cast a spell on Stan subscribers.”

Madman Entertainment CEO and founder Paul Wiegard said: “The film promises a joyful cinematic experience; a big screen visual feast of imagination, fantasy and humour. Audiences will recapture, uninterrupted, that feeling from their youth of watching a truly creative work.”

The latest film follows Stan’s recent announcement that it is funding an original film titled Transfusion starring Sam Worthington.

Last year, Stan revealed it added 9 new productions to its slate for 2020 and announced plans to reach 30 Stan Originals per year in the next 5 years.


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