SUPERNATURAL HORROR FILM MARA
FROM ‘Insidious’ AND ‘Paranormal Activity’ PRODUCER
COMPLETES PRINCIPAL PHOTOGRAPHY
OLGA KURYLENKO AND JAVIER BOTET STAR
The Solution Entertainment Group in Cannes to complete worldwide sales
The supernatural horror film MARA starring Olga Kurylenko (QUANTUM OF SOLACE, OBLIVION) and Javier Botet (MAMA, CRIMSON PEAK, Universal’s upcoming THE MUMMY) completed principal photography this weekend on location in Savannah, Georgia, it was announced today by The Solution Entertainment Group, Moon River Studios and Mann Made Films.
Cult favorite Clive Tonge makes his directorial feature film debut on MARA from a script written by Tonge and Jonathan Frank (THE TOURNAMENT). Centered around the mythology and true phenomena of a medical condition called ‘sleep paralysis,’ criminal psychologist Kate Fuller (Kurylenko) is assigned to the murder of a man who has seemingly been strangled in his sleep by his wife. The only witness is their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs into the mystery of an ancient demon, Mara (Botet) which kills people in their sleep, she experiences the same petrifying symptoms as all previous victims and spirals through a chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before she dares fall asleep again.
Georgia production services provider Moon River Studios, in association with Grodnik Aloe Productions, financed the picture and The Solution Entertainment Group is handling worldwide sales. Producers are Steven Schneider (INSIDIOUS, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY), along with Scott Mann, James Edward Barker, Myles Nestel, Craig Chapman, Dan Grodnik, Mary Aloe and Jake Shapiro. Wendy Rhoads, Graham Bradstreet, Alice Neuhauser, Lisa Wilson and Gordon Bijelonic are executive producers.
“MARA looks amazing and promises huge potential for the worldwide marketplace. Clive has shot an incredible film that confirms his status as a leading horror film director. We are beyond delighted to have such a thrilling film in the can,” said Nestel.
Says Schneider, “Clive has shown himself to be a phenomenal talent and horror fans are going to love MARA! Olga and Javier provide a perfect acting combination. It’s innovative, vigorous and exciting and I am delighted to be a part of this new potential franchise with our production partners.”
Said Mann and Barker, “When we started developing MARA we only dreamed of such a perfect team collaboration. Clive and Jonathan’s talent coupled with our partnership with a visionary like Steven Schneider gave us the best possible platform to make an incredibly entertaining and chillingly crafted piece of horror.”
Clive Tonge is a British filmmaker who began his career as a Music Video Director for multi-platinum bands such as Shed 7, Elastica, 808 State and Maximo Park. His shorts have screened internationally in renowned film festivals including the Cannes Film Festival, Los Angeles Short Film Fest and Edinburgh Film Festival.
Olga Kurylenko rose to international fame as “Camille” opposite Daniel Craig in QUANTUM OF SOLACE. Her other recent projects include the blockbuster sci-fi film OBLIVION with Tom Cruise and in the lead role of Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER with Ben Affleck, The Solution’s THE NOVEMBER MAN directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Pierce Brosnan and THE WATER DIVINER with Russell Crowe.
Javier Botet is best known for his frightening performance as the vengeful mother in MAMA alongside Jessica Chastain. His eerie performance grabbed the attention of Guillermo del Toro who later cast him in CRIMSON PEAK with Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston. Botet will soon be seen in Universal’s THE MUMMY starring Tom Cruise as well as 20th Century Fox’s THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR starring ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Sarah Wayne Callies.
Kurylenko is repped by WME and Tavistock Wood.