Principal photography is underway on Mike Cahill’s sci-fi drama “Bliss.” The film features Academy Award nominees Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson and is currently filming in and around Los Angeles.
The story follows recently divorced Greg (Wilson) whose life is falling apart. Things pick up when he meets the enchanting Isabel (Hayek), a woman who lives on the streets and is convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is not real. She believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside of the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. Doubtful at first, Greg eventually discovers there may be some truth to Isabel’s wild conspiracy theory.
Ted Hope, Co-Head of Movies at Amazon Studios, said, “Mike Cahill is a brilliant storyteller gifted by a unique ability to craft the truly high-concept idea in a deeply soulful way that resonates with audiences. As a real fan of all his work, I am delighted that we can provide this opportunity for him to take his vision further than ever before. We know our global customers will be excited to see what Mike and his team — Salma Hayek, Owen Wilson, and this fabulous cast and crew — can do with such complex, yet real characters in such an imaginative and thrilling world. It will blow people’s minds, I am sure.”
Cahill said, “Working with this brilliant cast is a dream come true. Working with my dear friend and producer extraordinaire Jim Stern is a gift. And we couldn’t be more thrilled to be making this with Amazon Studios. As the industry continues to evolve, Amazon proves to be taking the most exciting risks on films with ambitious artistic goals that also aim to reach wide audiences. I feel so grateful to have our film Bliss included among their next round of groundbreaking works.”
“It is an incredible opportunity to be working with a visionary like Mike Cahill,” said Stern. “We pride ourselves at Endgame on working with filmmakers with a passion for storytelling and connecting with global audiences, and are looking forward to sharing Bliss with the world.”
Cahill is most known for his films “Another Earth” and “I Origins” which were released by Fox Searchlight. Both films won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival where they premiered. He also directed the pilots of The Magicians, The Path, and Rise.
Hayek will next star alongside Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne in Paramount’s comedy “Limited Partners” which will be released in January 2020. She was most recently seen in “The Hummingbird Project” with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård starring as well as in the critically-acclaimed, “Beatriz at Dinner,” in which she starred as the title character for director Miguel Arteta and writer Mike White. Hayek recently wrapped production on the HanWay/Bleeker Street Untitled Sally Potter drama with Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning, and Lionsgate’s “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” where she reprises her role as Sonia Kincaid opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds.
Wilson most recently starred in the adaptation of Raquel J. Palacio’s novel “Wonder,” alongside Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. He was also featured in Lawrence Sher’s “Father Figures” alongside Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, and Glenn Close.
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