BREAKING: Take Shelter helmer Jeff Nichols has set Mud as his next film, and is in talks with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tree of Life‘s Tye Sheridan to star. Everest Entertainment is fully financing and Lisa Maria Falcone is producing alongside Sarah Green and FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder. Green was a producer of Nichols’ festival favorite Take Shelter, which was acquired sight unseen by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance. FilmNation’s Glen Basner is exec producing and handling international sales. CAA and FilmNation will broker a domestic deal. FilmNation made the deal for Take Shelter, which won Critics Week at Cannes.
Mud is a redemptive tale of a charismatic fugitive and his unlikely friendship with a 14-year-old kid who is determined to help Mud escape from the law and some tough bounty hunters so he can reunite with his soul mate Juniper (Witherspoon). Nichols wrote the script.
“Jeff Nichols has written a beautiful story with rich characters learning valuable lessons through life-changing circumstances. With Jeff’s vision, this will be a work of art,” says Everest Entertainment founder Falcone. “It’s an incredible script which Jeff, along with Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan, will bring to life. We’ve been privileged to work with incredible filmmakers like Danny Boyle, Tom McCarthy and Rodrigo Garcia and are thankful to add Jeff Nichols to that list.”