Documentary filmmaker Tiller Russell (The Seven Five, Operation Odessa) is journeying into narrative storytelling with true crime drama, Silk Road. Sierra/Affinity is launching international sales at EFM this month for the new production which centers on the criminal mastermind who unleashed the Dark Net and the ’Jurassic Narc’ bent on bringing down the young kingpin’s billion-dollar empire.
The film is based on the Rolling Stone article “Dead End on Silk Road” by David Kushner. Jason Clarke (First Man, Mudbound, Zero Dark Thirty, Everest, Dawn of The Planet Of The Apes) and Nick Robinson (Love Simon, Jurrassic World, upcoming Sundance 2019 opener, Native Son) will star in the film which has High Frequency Entertainment’s Duncan Montgomery and Jack Selby producing with Alex Orlovsky and Elika Portnoy for Mutressa Movies, and David Hyman and Stephen Gans on behalf of Perfect Season Productions.
In a joint statement, Orlovsky and Montgomery added, “Tiller Russell has an amazing voice as a documentary filmmaker & writer. Few understand the world of law enforcement and the modern criminal like him. Tiller will tell this story with the authenticity and energy that it deserves. The fact that we (Jack, Duncan, Tiller and Alex) have all known each other since we were second graders in Dallas, Texas makes this film additionally special to us. We all set out on different paths, and are thrilled to be making this film together now.”
Jonathan Kier, Sierra/Affinity’s President of Sales and Distribution, stated, “SILK ROAD is a crime thriller for the digital age that will keep moviegoers in constant suspense. This unbelievable true story exhibits the consequences of what can happen when crime and connectivity collide.”
Russell is represented by WME. Clarke is represented by WME and Robert Stein. Robinson is represented by UTA and Management 360.