Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan to Star in Thriller 'Black Flies' for Open Road Films

Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire will direct the film that’s based on a novel by Shannon Burke

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Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan are set to star in a thriller called “Black Flies” that will be directed by filmmaker Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, and Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. rights to the project.

The film is based on a novel by Shannon Burke of the same name and follows two paramedics driving the streets of New York in an ambulance, one a young student with a dream of medical school and the other a grizzled veteran and one of New York’s best medics. “Black Flies” is a thriller about the toll saving lives inflicts on paramedics, and the film aims to give a street view look at one paramedic’s struggle to feel he’s making a difference.

Ryan King wrote the screenplay, and the film is expected to begin production in New York in Q4 of 2021.

FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales and will debut the project at the upcoming European Film Market. CAA Media Finance brokered the U.S. distribution deal

“Black Flies” is being produced by Sculptor Media alongside Force Majeure, James Masciello’s creative producing arm, and Projected Picture Works, in association with Wipp. The film’s producers are Warren Goz (Sculptor Media), Eric Gold (Sculptor Media), Christopher Kopp, Lucan Toh, Sean Penn (Projected Picture Works), John Ira Palmer (Projected Picture Works) and John Wildermuth (Projected Picture Works).

The executive producer are Luke Rodgers (Wiip), Tye Sheridan, James Masciello, Matthew Sidari and Tom Ortenberg.

Deadline first reported the news.

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