Gerard Butler to star in action film Snow Ponies
Gerard Butler will star in the action film Snow Ponies, directed by renowned second unit director Darrin Prescott from a script written by Pat Healy which was featured on the 2006 Blacklist. Sierra/Affinity, which will finance the project, will make the movie available to buyers for the first time at the 2017 European Film Market in Berlin. WME Global and CAA are co-representing domestic. Kelly McCormick will produce with 87eleven along with Butler and Alan Siegel via their G-BASE production company. Sierra’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg are executive producing, along with Pat Healy and Bryan Brucks. Principal photography of the film commences later this year.
In Snow Ponies, a crew of seven hardened men travel across a vicious landscape to deliver a mysterious package. Met by murderous bandits and brutal obstacles at every turn, they are forced to choose between survival and honor, loyalty and deceit, all the while wondering what secrets their precious cargo may contain.
Snow Ponies marks Prescott’s directorial debut. He is a well-known second unit director for films including Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War, John Wick and John Wick: Chapter 2, Drive and is a SAG award winner for his work on The Bourne Ultimatum.
“The combination of a globally respected actor in Gerard and a dynamic emerging filmmaker in Darrin Prescott give this action film great potential to engage audiences and take them on a journey into a world full of dangerous characters and plot twists,” said Nick Meyer, CEO of Sierra/Affinity. “We are pleased to again be working with Kelly and the team at 87eleven who continue to identify not only unique and compelling material, but also cultivate the next generation of filmmakers.”
McCormick added, “We are so excited about ‘Snow Poneis’ because it breaks the standard revenge model by focusing on the dynamics of a group of men being pushed and pulled and picked off by forces beyond their control. The violence is heavy and the action is brutal, but not repellent because it fits in with the mood of this icy and hostile world. Darrin is the perfect director to deliver the punishing, unique action and the characters that deliver and endure it.”
87Eleven is the premiere stunt and action design firm in Hollywood, frequently collaborating with the industry’s biggest studios and top talent and actors. The company’s credits include Jurassic World, Captain America: Civil War, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 and 2, Hunger Games 1 and 2, The Expendables 1 and 2, The Wolverine and the upcoming Logan.
Butler is represented by CAA and Alan Siegel Entertainment. Prescott is represented by WME and McCormick. Healy is represented by The Gersh Agency and Luber and Rocklin.
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