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Actor and comedian Ike Barinholtz will make his feature directorial debut with The Oath, a satirical thriller which he wrote and in which he also will star.
QC Entertainment, one of the companies behind the surprise phenomenon Get Out as well as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, is financing and producing the indie.
The timely script, set in a politically divided America where citizens have to take an oath of loyalty, focuses on a man has to make it through the Thanksgiving holiday without destroying his family.
Sean McKittrick, Ray Mansfield and Edward H. Hamm Jr. are producing the pic. Also producing are Barinholtz, Andrew Robinson and David Stassen.
QC and UTA are co-repping the film for domestic sales.
QC sees The Oath as following on its mission statement to back actors with distinct, character-based, director-driven films who are making their feature directing debut. The company was among the first to back Jordan Peele’s initial pitch for Get Out, helping him to make his feature directing debut. Among the projects in development is the crime thriller Green River Killer, which will mark actor Michael Sheen’s feature directorial debut.
Barinholtz can currently be seen starring on the final season of Hulu’s The Mindy Project, on which he also has served as a writer and producer in past seasons. He also has directed several episodes of the show.
Barinholtz recently wrapped production on The Pact alongside John Cena and Leslie Mann, and will appear in Netflix’s David Ayer action fantasy Bright. Additionally, he will next be seen in a role in Peter Landesman’s political drama Felt, staring Liam Neeson.
Barinholtz is repped by UTA, Principato-Young and Morris Yorn.
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