EXCLUSIVE: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.
Adapted from Sam Shepard's story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook's debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire's Shea Whigham and True Grit's Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.
Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam, the West Virginia-set story of a military-bound teenager's investigation into his father's disappearance, as Holbrook's feature directing debut. Holbrook, a former model, only launched his film acting career in 2008 (in the Oscar winner Milk), but has already worked with the likes of Gus Van Sant, Steven Soderbergh, Terrence Malick, and David Fincher. His acting credits include Higher Ground, Very Good Girls, The Host, Sundance pics The Skeleton Twins and Little Accidents, and Showtime's The Big C. He next appears in the Natalie Portman Western Jane Got A Gun, Warner Bros. thriller Run All Night, and Netflix's upcoming Pablo Escobar series Narcos. Sackler, whose Great Curve Films will be folded into the new venture, is developing a science fiction thriller, a prison drama, and several documentary projects. Boyd is repped by CAA.