One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was director Patrick Brice’s comedy horror movie Corporate Animals. The film stars Demi Moore as an egotistical CEO who brings her long-suffering assistants (Jessica Williams and Karan Soni) and staff on a corporate team-building exercise to New Mexico led by a local guide (Ed Helms). When they get trapped by an underground cave-in, the disgruntled group must pull together to try and survive. Let’s just say things go off the rails pretty quick.
Shortly before I saw the film, Demi Moore, Ed Helms, Jessica Williams, Karan Soni and Patrick Brice stopped by the Collider studio at the Kia Supper Suite in Park City. They talked about the film’s plot, what attracted them to the project, what scenes scared the shit out of them, what they excited to do, and more. In addition, they revealed what films scared them as kids, what TV show they’d like to guest star on, what got them into the entertainment industry, and more.
I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride, which was transporting filmmakers to our studio in celebration of the debut of the all new model, Kia’s first eight-passenger SUV that is several inches longer and wider than the brand’s award-winning Sorento.
Libations flowing at the Collider studio and parties were provided by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters. Food during the evening parties was provided by Greene St. Kitchen of Palms Casino Resort helmed by Chef Du Cuisine Lanny Chin. Brand partners also active during the day-part include mou, a luxury footwear and accessories line, and The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall who was on-site with the world’s first ‘virtual reserve’.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.
- Jokes about giving away cards in the Kia Suite.
- Ed Helms talks about memories from doing Sundance press for Cedar Rapids.
- What is Corporate Animals about?
- What attracted the cast to the project?
- What scenes scared the shit out of them and what were they excited to do?
- What did they learn in the editing process?
- What TV show would you love to guest star on or guest direct?
- What movies scared them as kids?
- What was the first thing they saw as kids that made them want to make movies?
Here’s the Corporate Animals synopsis:
To amp up the productivity of her apathetic employees, megalomaniacal CEO Lucy Vanderton (Demi Moore) brings the staff of the Incredible Edible Cutlery Company to the New Mexico desert, where a gung-ho guide (Ed Helms) leads the group on a mandatory “No I in TEAM” retreat. Yet the line between pulling together and pulling each other limb from limb is a thin one.
After Lucy and her team — a disgruntled ensemble including Jessica Williams, Karan Soni, Dan Bakkedahl, Martha Kelly, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Calum Worthy, Nasim Pedrad, and Jennifer Kim — get trapped in a cave, everyone is pushed to the brink as food starts running out and boundaries are crossed. Friend turns on friend, underlings become overlords, and acquaintances could become dinner. As underlying issues with their office culture rise to the surface, these corporate animals must band together to hang on to their humanity – or not.
From writer Sam Bain (Peep Show) and director Patrick Brice (The Overnight, Creep, Creep 2) comes a biting, deeply funny satire of workplace dynamics, office culture, social norms, and oppressive leadership.