XYZ Films is setting crime thriller Lips Like Sugar from director and Grammy-winner Brantley Gutierrez. Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson have been cast as leads in the film with a script by Anthony Tambakis (Gringo, Warrior).
Lips Like Sugar is set during the 1984 Olympic Games in LA and loosely based on a true story. Billed as a “neon-soaked, coming-of-age thriller set against the gritty backdrop of the punk and skate worlds of West Los Angeles,” the film centers on a new friendship that unfolds between two teenage girls from different walks of life unfolds. As city officials focus on the Olympics, a pair of former detectives’ (Harrelson, Wilson) lives become intertwined when one of the young girls goes missing.
Harrelson is producing with Post Film’s Russ Posternak, Freestyle Picture Company’s Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri, 7 Deuce’s Jeremy Plager, Greg Lauritano, Subtractive’s Kyle Schember, and Zac Adams. Academy-Award nominee Will Butler (Arcade Fire) is set to compose the score, with production set to begin later this year. Tambakis and Brantley Gutierrez are also producing, with Anna Schwartz serving as a co-producer, and Tara Craig, Jaykant R. Patel, Rama K. Penta, and Raj Penta exec producing.
XYZ Films is executive producing and handling worldwide sales.
Gutierrez is a prolific Grammy-winning photographer and director whose resumè shares credits with Paul McCartney and Emma Stone for their short narrative music video “Who Cares?” which won him the coveted Kodak Motion Picture Film “Director of the Year” award. He has worked in motion and still campaigns for clients such as Rag & Bone, Warby Parker, Converse, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Rolling Stone, New York Times, the Coachella Music Festival, and countless other media and magazines, and a number of recording artists.
Harrelson is repped by 7 Deuce Entertainment and Ziffren Brittenham. Wilson is repped by UTA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman.
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