Worldview Entertainment has come aboard to co-finance and produce Jean-Francois Richet‘s thriller Blood Father, starring Mel Gibson.
Erin Moriarty will also star in the movie, adapted from Peter Craig‘s best-selling novel. Craig (The Town) wrote the adapted script.
From Why Not Productions, Blood Father is being shopped to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market by Wild Bunch. CAA, which arranged financing, is representing domestic rights to the movie, which began shooting earlier this month in New Mexico.
Blood Father tells the story of an ex-con who reunites with his estranged, wayward 16-year-old daughter to protect her from drug dealers who are trying to kill her.
Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux and Sebastien Lemercier are producing alongside Chris Briggs and Worldview’s Christopher Woodrow and Molly Conners. Maria Cestone and Sarah E. Johnson will executive produce for Worldview alongside Vincent Maraval for Wild Bunch.
“This is the seventh collaboration between Worldview and Wild Bunch in the past two years. They are one of the strongest and most impressive companies in the international market and we are thrilled to continue working with them. Blood Father is an action-packed thriller and we are looking forward to seeing Mel Gibson in this hard-hitting role,” said Worldview CEO Woodrow.
Worldview’s The Search, directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Berenice Bejo and Annette Bening, is premiering in competition at the Cannes Film Festival this year. The prolific financing and production company also has signed a new multiyear production and distribution deal with The Weinstein Co.