Get on the line with the dialect coach – we’re going back to Southeastern Pennsylvania with Brad Ingelsby, the creator of ‘Mare of Easttown’. The writer-producer has shot the new feature film “Echo Valley” at Apple Studios and has attracted Julianne Moore and Sydney Sweeney as its stars.
“Echo Valley” follows Oscar winner Moore as Kate Garrett, a woman reeling from a personal tragedy who spends her days boarding and training horses on the remote and picturesque Echo Valley Farm. Late one night, her wayward daughter Claire (the Emmy-nominated heat seeker Sweeney) arrives on her doorstep, scared, trembling and covered in someone else’s blood. From that simple premise, ‘Echo Valley’ becomes a blood-curdling thriller about how far a mother will go to save her child.
BAFTA Award winner Michael Pearce (“Beast”, “Encounter”) will direct from Ingelsby’s original script. The project is produced by Ingelsby, Ridley Scott and Michael Pruss of Scott Free, and Kevin Walsh for The Walsh Company (“House of Gucci”, “Manchester By The Sea”) under its multi-year Apple TV+ producer agreement. Pruss and Ingelsby co-developed the script. The film is produced by Scott Greenberg, Scott Free’s Rebecca Feuer and Nicole Jordan-Webber. Erika Olde and Sam Roseme will also executive produce through Black Bicycle Entertainment. Tanja Tawadjoh will co-produce. Production is expected to start this summer.
“Mare of Easttown” was a pandemic-era phenomenon that received critical acclaim and ratings for distributor HBO, earning 16 Emmy nominations (it won four, including series star Kate Winslet’s Outstanding Lead Actress). “Echo Valley” marks Ingelsby’s fourth collaboration with Scott Free after 2013’s “Out of the Furnace”, 2015’s “American Woman” and most recently “Our Friend”. It is also the third collaboration between Walsh and Inglesby, who previously collaborated on “American Woman” and “Our Friend.” “Echo Valley” is yet another Apple appearance for Moore, who starred in the just-released original “Sharper” and previously helmed the streamer’s Stephen King adaptation “Lisey’s Story.”
“Echo Valley” joins a slew of popular original movies at Apple, including the upcoming Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio movie “Killers of the Flower Moon”; “The Instigators” by Matt Damon and Casey Affleck and director Doug Liman; a Jon Watts thriller starring George Clooney and Brad Pitt; and “Napoleon” by Scott and Joaquin Phoenix.
Moore is represented by WME and Management 360, Edelstein, Laird & Sobel. Sweeney is represented by Paradigm and imPRint and Hansen, Jacobsen, Teller. Pearce is represented by WME, Independent Talent Group. Ingelsby is represented by CAA, LBI Entertainment and McKuin Frankel Whitehead LLP. Walsh is represented by Gregory Slewett at Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.