Cross Creek Pictures has found funding partners for the Mel Gibson-directed Hacksaw Ridge, which is currently shooting in Sydney. Cross Creek has partnered with Demarest Media to produce and finance the film with funding partner Kilburn Media. Andrew Garfield stars with Sam Worthington, Hugo Weaving, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey and Teresa Palmer.
Garfield plays World War II American Army medic Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He won it for his service during the Battle of Okinawa. Lionsgate/Summit will release domestically and offshore rights were sold by IM Global.
Demarest founder and CEO William D. Johnson joins the producer roster of Hacksaw Ridge along with executive producer David Greathouse, who is overseeing production on-set in Sydney alongside Cross Creek’s Jason Seagraves. Kilburn’s Mark Manuel will be exec producer with Wind Hill Pictures’ Buddy Patrick. Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson are the main producers with David Permut.
“Demarest Media has evolved over the last few years with the realization that we want to tell stories in our films that are inspiring, emotionally riveting, and in the best case based on a true event that furthers our understanding of the human condition,” said Johnson. “I am exhilarated to be in the fortunate position to witness what Mel will accomplish with this first-rate cast.”
Said Manuel: “Since reading this script we knew Kilburn had to be a part of the project. It is an incredible story that is now backed by an equally incredible team.”
“This story is done justice by the amazing cast and crew involved with the project,” Oliver said. “We are excited to share the film with such a wide, global audience.”