Hollywood thriller ‘Eye in the Sky’ is ready for production in South Africa. The film, which will be seeking funding at Festival de Cannes this year, will be directed by Gavin Hood (‘Enders Game’, ‘Tsotsi’) and will star producer and actor Colin Firth.
The film follows London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden, who is charged with remotely commanding a top-secret drone operation to capture a group of terrorists from their safe house in Nairobi. The mission escalates from a ‘capture’ to a ‘kill’ operation when Madden realizes that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission. Guy Hibbert, writer of UK Channel 4’s series ‘Complicit’, penned the screenplay, while Firth’s own Raindog Films is part of the production set up.
“The use of unmanned aircraft in modern warfare and in the so-called ‘war on terror’ poses critical questions for us all,” Firth told The Guardian. “Raindog was launched with the hope of making challenging, thoughtful films, and I’m pleased to be a part of an exploration into such a crucial issue.”
eOne’s global film production arm under the newly appointed Xavier Marchand recently announced that it was partnering with the film. This will be part of its goal to finance or co-finance up to eight films with strong international potential each year. eOne will also distribute ‘Eye in the Sky’ in the UK, Canada, Benelux, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, while its international sales division under Harold van Lier will handle distribution in all other territories.
Production is expected to begin in South Africa on 11 August 2014.