“Wildlife” Begins Filming in Oklahoma
June Pictures and Nine Stories, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (OF+MO), is pleased to announce the start of principal photography on the feature film “Wildlife” in Oklahoma.
Paul Dano will bring Richard Ford’s American classic “Wildlife” to the screen, marking his directorial debut. Academy Award® nominees Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan are starring in this period drama.
“Wildlife”, based on the 1990 Richard Ford novel, is co-written by Dano and Zoe Kazan and centers on the story of a teenage boy who witnesses the decay of his parents’ marriage after their move to Montana. The film is produced by Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks for June Pictures, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker for Nine Stories. Oren Moverman, Ann Ruark, and Dano will also produce, while Kazan and Eddie Vaisman are executive producing. WME Global handles the domestic rights to the film.
“In Richard’s book, I saw myself and many others. I have always wanted to make films – and have always known I would make films about family. I couldn’t be happier to have such beautiful collaborators like Carey and Jake leading the way,” said Dano.
“Paul is a natural born storyteller–a force. We are thrilled to collaborate with him and these phenomenal actors to bring his exquisite vision for this film to life,” stated Duncan and Saks from June Pictures.
The film is utilizing the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program administered by OF+MO.
“The Oklahoma Film + Music Office is honored to set the scene for Mr. Dano’s directorial debut,” said OF+MO Director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “It’s been a pleasure working with the film’s fantastic production team over the last few months, from their initial locations scout to the current start of production. We look forward to hosting this caliber of talent in Oklahoma, and look forward to the spotlight it will shine on our diverse locations, skilled crew and incentives program.”
About the Oklahoma Film + Music Office:
Created in 1979, The Oklahoma Film + Music Office strives to share all that Oklahoma has to offer by welcoming filmmakers and music professionals to the state and by creating a network of support to develop Oklahoma’s film and music industries. For more information about the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program or the Oklahoma Film + Music Office please visit www.okfilmmusic.org.
About Jake Gyllenhaal:
Gyllenhaal can next be seen starring opposite Amy Adams in Tom Ford’s NOCTURNAL ANIMALS scheduled to open November 18, 2016. He recently completed filming Bong Joon Ho’s OKJA and is currently in production on Daniel Espinosa’s LIFE, which will be released by Sony in 2017. Through his Nine Stories shingle, Gyllenhaal produced David Gordon Green’s STRONGER, in which he also stars. STRONGER will be released by Lionsgate in 2017. He is repped by WME and Carlos Goodman at Bloom Hergott.
About Carey Mulligan:
Carey Mulligan was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009 for her performance in AN EDUCATION, for which she won the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress. Mulligan recently wrapped production on the film MUDBOUND. She most recently starred in SUFFRAGETTE, released last fall to critical acclaim. Mulligan’s other film credits include FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS, THE GREAT GATSBY, SHAME, and NEVER LET ME GO. Carey is repped by WME, Julian Belfrage Associates, Ziffren Brittenham, and Relevant.
About Paul Dano:
Paul Dano was nominated for a Golden Globe in 2015 for his critically acclaimed performance as a young Brian Wilson in the film LOVE & MERCY. That same year, Dano starred in the powerfully acclaimed film YOUTH. Dano recently completed filming Bong Joon Ho’s OKJA. Some of Dano’s film credits include: SWISS ARMY MAN, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, PRISONERS, LOOPER, THERE WILL BE BLOOD for which Dano received a BAFTA nomination, WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, and RUBY SPARKS. WILDLIFE will mark Dano’s feature film directorial debut. Dano is repped by WME, Anonymous Content, attorney Mitch Smelkinson, and Relevant.
About June Pictures:
June Pictures is a filmmaker-driven independent production company founded in 2016 by Chairman Andrew Duncan and CEO Alex Saks that produces and finances feature-length narrative and documentary films. They are currently in post-production on five titles including: THE FLORIDA PROJECT, written and directed Sean Baker (TANGERINE); and FUN MOM DINNER, directed by Alethea Jones, starring Toni Collette, Bridget Everett, Katie Aselton, and Molly Shannon. They are also in post for the psychological thriller THOROUGHBRED, written and directed by Cory Finley, starring Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Anton Yelchin; and the dramatic comedy DUDE, written and directed by Olivia Milch, starring Lucy Hale, Kathryn Prescott, Alexandra Shipp and Awkwafina. The fifth film is a feature length documentary about Hong Kong student activist and politician, Joshua Wong. June Pictures is based in Los Angeles.
About Nine Stories:
Nine Stories is a New-York based production company founded by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker in 2015. The company is dedicated to working with visionary storytellers in all fields and producing provocative and entertaining material. Nine Stories recently wrapped principal photography on David Gordon Green’s STRONGER, which was shot on location in Boston. The film will be distributed by Lionsgate in 2017. Nine Stories is in development on a number of theatrical titles including Scandinavian author Jo Nesbo’s THE SON which filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will direct, as well as Max Mermelstein’s violent cartel story THE MAN WHO MADE IT SNOW with Antoine Fuqua to helm. In television, the company is developing a scripted limited series for A&E centered on cults. Season one focuses on Jim Jones and the Jonestown massacre.