A Prayer Before Dawn director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire has enlisted Mel Gibson (Blood Father) and Tye Sheridan (Ready Player One) to star in his next project Black Flies, a thriller set up at Mad River Pictures.
According to Variety, Black Flies follows “a young paramedic, Ollie Cross (Sheridan), navigating his first year on the job. He’s partnered with Rutkovsky (Gibson), an experienced medic who thrusts Ollie into the harsh realities of New York’s inner-city streets. Amidst high crime rates, homelessness, and widespread drug use, Ollie finds his perspective on life and death beginning to shift.”
Black Flies is based upon the novel of the same name by Shannon Burke, with a script from Ryan King which featured on this year’s Black List of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood.
Gibson has three films incoming in 2019 in Dragged Across Concrete, The Professor and the Madman and Boss Level, while Sheridan reprises his role as Scott Summers/Cyclops this June in the superhero sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix.