EXCLUSIVE: After securing eOne’s nail-biting drone military thriller Eye In The Sky for north of $2M out of the Toronto International Film Festival, Bleecker Street will be rolling out the Gavin Hood-directed film on March 11 in New York and Los Angeles. Bleecker will expand the film to about 10-12 additional markets on March 18, and then another 15-20 markets on March 25 and will be wide by week four. For a title that had a lot of heat around it at TIFF, spurring an auction that included Fox Searchlight and Roadside Attractions, this is a prime month to launch Eye In The Sky: It’s post the 2015-16 awards season, it turns a new page for adult audiences thirsting for riveting, high brow fare, not to mention the spring season has gotten a leg-up for previous awards contenders like Grand Budapest Hotel, The Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and In Bruges. 

Eye In The Sky stars Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul and Barkhad Abdi, who was Oscar-nominated in his screen debut as a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips. Guy Hibberd wrote the thriller which lifts the veil on how drone strikes operate. In the film, a radicalized British woman is targeted as she meets with terrorists in Nairobi to plan suicide bombings. A child in the kill zone, along with the military’s indecision complicate matters further. An interesting note about the production of Eye In The Sky is that none of the lead actors actually met each other during production. They shot all their scenes alone with Hood since their characters are all located remotely in the film.