Nick Murphy (Occupation, The Awakening) is set to direct BLOOD, a psychological thriller about two brothers who collapse under the weight of their father’s shadow. A contemporary Greek tragedy set around the investigation into the murder of a young girl.
Written by Bill Gallagher (Conviction, The Fuse) it will start shooting for 6 weeks in the Wirral. Starring Paul Bettany (Legion, The Da Vinci Code), Mark Strong (Kick Ass, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Green Lantern), Stephen Graham (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, This Is England) and Brian Cox (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Red, The Bourne Supremacy).
The film is produced by Neal Street Productions’ Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Jarhead), Red Productions’ Nicola Shindler (Exile, Unforgiven, Queer as Folk) and Nick Laws (Fish Tank).
Executive producers are Neal Street Productions’ Sam Mendes, Red Productions’ Andrew Critchley and Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan. Highly regarded cinematographer, George Richmond (The Hide, A Thousand Kisses Deep, Wild Bill) will work with editor, Victoria Boydell (The Awakening, Kidulthood) and production designer, Cristina Casali (In the Loop).
Blood is financed by IM Global, BBC Films (who developed the film) and BFI Film Fund, and will be sold internationally by IM Global.
Producer, Pippa Harris said “Bill’s visceral script and Nick’s inspirational vision for the film have attracted a stellar cast and production team. Blood promises to be a film of huge power and ambition, and we couldn’t be more excited to be starting production.”
IM Global topper, Stuart Ford said “The combination of Neal Street’s producing calibre, a highly talented young director and this cast made this an irresistible package for us to jump on board.”
Head of BBC Films, Christine Langan said “Nick is a director who brings style, verve and energy to all his projects, and we know he will deliver an electrifying take on Bill Gallagher’s mesmerising story.”
BFI Film Fund Senior Executive, Chris Collins said: “Producers Pippa Harris and Nicola Shindler and director Nick Murphy have attracted a stellar line up of British acting talent for BLOOD, making this project one of the most exciting prospects for the year.”