A Prayer Before Dawn helmer Jean-Stephane Sauvaire is setting up Black Flies for Mad River Pictures ahead of EFM next week where IMR International will be to rep global sales rights; CAA and WME are handling U.S. rights.
Starring Mel Gibson and Tye Sheridan, the film sees the latter in the role of Ollie Criss, a young paramedic whose perspective on life and death is drawn toward a ghastly shift as he and long-time paramedic, Rutkovsky, thrust themselves into the harsh realities of New York’s inner-city streets – high crime rates, homelessness, and widespread drug use, etc.
The film is based on Shannon Burke’s 2008 novel from which Ryan King is adapting the screenplay. Mad River Pictures is financing the pic and is producing with Christopher Kopp, Two & Two Pictures’ Lucan Toh and Babak Anvari, and Anthony Katagas, as well as Sheridan who next appears in X-Men: Dark Phoenix on June 7.
Gibson will appear in Farhad Safinia’s The Professor And The Madman later this year along with Joe Carnahan’s Boss Level on August 16, and S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete on October 9. (Deadline)