Details On “Big Sky” Starring Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgwick And More


Production Begins on
Jorge Michel Grau’s “BIG SKY”

October 11, 2013, Los Angeles, CA – Manis Film announced that production started on Big Sky, the English-language debut of Mexican helmer Jorge Michel Grau (the original We Are What We Are).   The film will star Bella Thorne (upcoming The Familymoon with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garnerand Disney Channel’sShake It Up), Kyra Sedgwick (Emmy and Golden Globe winner for The CloserThe Possession; upcoming films Kill Your Darlings, Rays of Light and Reach Me), Frank Grillo (The GreyEnd of WatchZero Dark Thirty; upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier), and Aaron Tveit (Les MiserablesHowl; USA’s Graceland).  Principal photography commenced this week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Big Sky is a suspenseful and thrilling story that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as our troubled characters tumble further into peril,” says Randy Manis of Manis Film. “We are very excited to share the talent of our skilled director and the highly talented cast that he has attracted”.

Jorge Michel Grau’s Big Sky is the tale of Hazel (Bella Thorne), a teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces.  She never leaves her bedroom, which has put a strain on the relationship with her strung-out mom, Dee (Kyra Sedgwick), and is starting to take its toll on both of them.  In a last ditch attempt to cure her daughter, Dee enrolls Hazel in a high-end treatment facility in the desert, hoping they will finally find the help they require so that Hazel can begin to move forward from the horrors of her past that triggered her illness.

But help is the last thing that they get.  When two brothers, Jesse (Frank Grillo) and Pru (Aaron Tveit), interfere with Hazel and Dee’s plans in the worst possible way, Hazel must confront her paralyzing fears before they consume her and is forced to fight for her survival in the harshest conditions, all while avoiding the cunning schemes hatched by Jesse.

In the tradition of such high-intensity neo-Hitchcockian thrillers as BreakdownDead CalmPanic Room, and Open WaterBig Sky will take viewers to a whole new place — inside a mind that can be its own worst enemy.

Big Sky is based on an original screenplay by Evan M. Wiener (Monogamy).  The producing team consists of Manis (Margin Call, The Calling, Kill Your Darlings), Matthew Salloway (The Butler, So Undercover), and Christina Papagjika (The Butler).  Christine Vachon is executive producing for Killer Films (Far From Heaven, Mildred Pierce, Boys Don’t Cry), along with Jeffrey V. Mandel of Big LEO Media (Murderball). Benaroya Pictures’ genre fare subsidiary AKA pictures is co-financing the film, with Clayton Young serving as executive producer for AKA. Ricky Tollman (The Calling) is co-producer. Santiago Sanchez (Somos lo Que Hay, 72) is the director of photography.

Voltage Pictures (Don Jon, The Hurt Locker) will represent foreign rights at the upcoming American Film Market.  Creative Artists Agency and Manis Film co-represent domestic rights.

Bella Thorne is represented by WME and LBI Entertainment, Kyra Sedgwick is represented by UTA and Impression Entertainment, Frank Grillo is represented by CAA and Management 360, and Aaron Tveit is represented by CAA and Elin Flack Management.

About Jorge Michel Grau
Jorge’s first feature, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (Somos lo Que Hay), premiered in Cannes in Director’s Fortnight in 2010 and went on to play the New York Film Festival.  The film was released theatrically by IFC Films in 2011 and the American remake is currently in theatrical release. Jorge also directed the acclaimed short “72” and directed a segment of the anthology THE ABC’S OF DEATH, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, 2012 and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. Jorge has several projects in development.

About Manis Film
Manis Film is a production company and consulting firm specializing in independent feature film.  It is presided over by Randy Manis, a founder of THINKFilm and former Senior VP at Lionsgate.  Randy’s credits include Kill Your Darlings, Lawless, The Ides of March, Murderball, Monogamy, and Margin Call.  The company has 2 films in post-production:  The Calling, starring Susan Sarandon, Topher Grace, Donald Sutherland, Ellen Burstyn, Gil Bellows and Christopher Heyerdahl; and The Vicious Brothers horror film The Visitors.

About Papagjika-Salloway Productions
Papagjika-Salloway Productions is a production, financing, consulting and development company focusing on feature films, television and Broadway productions.  Its principals are Christina Papagjika and Matthew Salloway, whose individual and company film credits include Lee Daniels’ The ButlerSo UndercoverThe Ides of March and Broadway credits including Kinky Boots (six-time 2013 Tony Award Winner, including best musical),Annie (2013 Tony Nominee Best Revival of a Musical), Jerry Seinfeld’s Long Story Short, and David Mamet’s Life in the Theater.

About Benaroya Pictures
Founded in 2006, Benaroya Pictures has a number of projects in various stages of production, including the upcoming Your Voice in My Head starring Emma Watson and Queen of the Desert starring Nicole Kidman with Werner Herzog directing. Both films are slated for production at the beginning of next year and follow on the heels of Cymbeline (recently wrapped in NYC) which was directed by Michael Almereyda and stars Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris and Milla Jovovich, and Brian Horiuchi’s Parts Per Billion (in post-production) with an ensemble that includes Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Teresa Palmer, Penn Badgley, Frank Langella and Gena Rowlands.  The company also has completed Kill Your Darlings, starring Michael C. Hall, Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, Ben Foster and Elizabeth Olsen, which bowed in competition at the 2013 Sundance festival.  The film will be released domestically by Sony Pictures Classics this fall. Other recent titles include the romantic mystery The Words starring Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, and Ben Barnes, which was released by CBS Films last year. Also released recently was the thriller Lawless, staring Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska from the Weinstein Company. The company’s financial thriller Margin Call was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and won the Best First Feature Award at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards.  Benaroya recently launched the new international sales company International Film Trust (IFT), co-founded with Miscellaneous Entertainment principals D. Todd Shepherd and George Waud. The company will represent theatrical feature film productions from their own banners on a non-exclusive basis as well as titles from other producers and third party productions.

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3 thoughts on “Details On “Big Sky” Starring Bella Thorne, Kyra Sedgwick And More

  • October 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

    wow…super duper excited for the movie..


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