Bleecker Street has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to military thriller “Eye in the Sky,” starring Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Alan Rickman and Barkhad Abdi, who returns to the big screen after his breakout performance in “Captain Phillips.” The film is the seventh feature from South African filmmaker Gavin Hood, who most recently directed the adaptation of “Ender’s Game.” He won the 2006 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for “Tsotsi.”
The synopsis for “Eye in the Sky” reads: “The film stars Helen Mirren as Colonel Katherine Powell, a UK-based military officer who is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture terrorists in Kenya. The mission quickly escalates when news of a deadly suicide mission spreads and American pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is conflicted when a nine-year old girl walks into the kill zone. With a civilian life at stake and the clock ticking to stop the terrorist attack, ‘Eye in the Sky’ presents an intense political drama on the edge of modern warfare and human morality.”
“When I saw this film in Toronto, I knew we had to have it,” said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. “The tension created within each scene by Gavin Hood and the stellar performances by Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul was so palpable, that I was on gripped by every moment of the movie.”
‘Eye in the Sky” premiered at TIFF on September 11 to a standing ovation. The film has no release date as of yet.