Production Begins on Mabrouk El-Mechri’s THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY Starring Henry Cavill, Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver

     September 7, 2010


Right on schedule, production on director Mabrouk El-Mechri’s (JCVD) The Cold Light of Day began yesterday in Spain.  The action-thriller is set and filmed entirely in Spain and, per the press release, focuses on “a young American whose family is kidnapped while on a vacation to Spain.  He is left with only hours to find the connection between their disappearance and his father’s secrets.”  Starring Henry Cavill (Showtime’s The Tudors), Bruce Willis, and Sigourney Weaver, The Cold Light of Day is the directorial follow-up to El-Mechri’s JCVD – a film I’ve heard a ton of positive things about but am ashamed to admit I’ve yet to see.  If you’re reading this, Mr. El-Mechri, you have my word that I’ll be checking it out soon enough.

The Cold Light of Day was penned by Scott Wiper and John Petro with revisions from Richard Price (HBO’s The Wire).  It is scheduled to film throughout the middle of November.  To check out the full press release, hit the jump.

mabrouk_el_mechriHere’s the press release:


Production Begins in Spain on the Action-Thriller
Directed by Mabrouk El-Mechri

Alicante, Spain  September 7th, 2010 – Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver will join Henry Cavill in Summit Entertainment and Intrepid Pictures’ action thriller THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY.  Principal photography commenced on September 6th and will continue through November 13th.

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY, set and filmed entirely in Spain, will be shot over ten weeks in the Community of Valencia and Madrid as well as several weeks on the stages at Ciudad de la Luz studios in Alicante.  Mabrouk El-Mechri directs the project from an original screenplay by Scott Wiper & John Petro, with revisions by Richard Price.  Intrepid principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce the project along with Jesus Martinez, principal of Galavis Film which will co-produce the project.  Steven Zaillian from Film Rites, Kevin Mann and Matthew Perniciaro of Picture Machine, and Wiper will executive produce.

The film is a US-Spanish production, and the majority of the cast and crew are Spanish and European.

Also starring are the Spanish actors Verónica Echegui and Oscar Jaenada. Co-starring are Caroline Goodall, Roschdy Zem, Joseph Mawle, Rafi Gavron and Emma Hamilton.

THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY is an action thriller that centers on a young American whose family is kidnapped while on a vacation to Spain.  He is left with only hours to find and the connection between their disappearance and his father’s secrets.

Summit Entertainment will distribute the film in the US and sell internationally. Erik Feig, Summit’s President of Production, and Summit’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions, Michael Schaefer, will oversee the project for the studio.

About Summit Entertainment
Summit Entertainment is a worldwide theatrical motion picture development, financing, production and distribution studio. The studio handles all aspects of marketing and distribution for both its own internally developed motion pictures as well as acquired pictures.  Summit Entertainment, LLC also represents international sales for both its own slate and third party product.  Summit Entertainment, LLC released on average 10 to 12 films annually.

About Intrepid Pictures
Intrepid Pictures, an independent production and financing company founded in 2005, co-produced the $82 million worldwide box office hit THE STRANGERS.  Intrepid plans to produce and finance three to four pictures annually, and is currently packaging THE RAVEN, THE BYE BYE MAN, and the action picture THE COURIERS for production.

About Galavis Film
Galavis Film SL is a company from Valencia founded by Jesus Martinez in 2002, dedicated to producing and financing domestic and international films. Galavis Films has participated in the production of the titles THE KASERÓN and THE ART OF STEALING.  In addition to THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY Galavis Film is preparing production the films LADY SCARFACE and BAIT.

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