John Leonetti, known for directing ANNABELLE and for his cinematography on box office successes including THE CONJURING and INSIDIOUS, has signed on to direct WISH UPON, a horror thriller for Broad Green Pictures. The feature, named to the 2015 Black List, was written by Barbara Marshall (“The Listener”) and will be produced by Busted Shark Production’s Sherryl Clark (VIRAL, CLOVERFIELD). The movie is expected to begin production in the fall.
When 16-year-old misfit Claire finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she’s always wanted, she never could have guessed that each wish would demand a deadly payment.
“We are thrilled that John has come onboard to direct WISH UPON,” said Broad Green Pictures’ Chief Creative Officer Daniel Hammond. “His impeccable eye towards realism and talent for catching audiences off-guard will, without a doubt, make this film unforgettable.”
The deal was brokered on behalf of Leonetti by CAA and Andrew Hurwitz, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz, PC.
About Broad Green Pictures
Broad Green Pictures, founded by Gabriel and Daniel Hammond in 2014, is a fully-integrated movie studio with unparalleled development support, production infrastructure, and marketing resources to execute their vision from script to screen. Through collaborative partnerships, Broad Green shares incredible stories with the widest possible audiences. The studio creates and distributes theatrical films derived from in-house development and production, as well as acquisitions and co-productions across a multitude of platforms. The studio’s upcoming slate includes Bad Santa 2, a co-production with Miramax, Step Sisters and Villa Capri. Broad Green will also release Terrence Malick’s Voyage of Time and his untitled project starring Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender. Previously released films include A Walk in the Woods, The Infiltrator, Amazon Studio’s The Neon Demon, the critically-acclaimed 99 Homes, I Smile Back, Learning to Drive, Knight of Cups and The Dark Horse.
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About Busted Shark Productions
Producer and film executive Sherryl Clark started Busted Shark Productions, a feature film and television production company, after spending five years overseeing feature development at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot. During her time at Bad Robot, she oversaw STAR TREK and SUPER 8 and produced films including CLOVERFIELD and MORNING GLORY. Under Busted Shark Productions, Clark has produced PLUSH for director Catherine Hardwicke; FATHERS & DAUGHTERS starring Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried and Aaron Paul; and VIRAL directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman for Blumhouse Productions and Dimension Films.
Upcoming projects include WISH UPON with director John Leonetti, PROXY MARRIAGE with Peter Hedges set to write and direct for Endgame Entertainment, KOLMA, which will be directed by Marielle Heller and star Daisy Ridley, and ON MORAL GROUNDS written by Chris Parker. She is also producing 2014 Black List script THE SEARCH written by Spencer Mondshein with James Strong attached to direct for Voltage Pictures, and SECRETARIAT writer Mike Rich’s CRESCENDO set to be directed by Edoardo Ponti for financier Umedia.
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