Mark Pellington, the director of Arlington Road and The Mothman Prophecies, has signed on for the revenge thriller Mom
Roundtable Entertainment has announced that they’re teaming up with director Mark Pellington – whose credits include Arlington Road, The Mothman Prophecies, Henry Poole Is Here, The Last Word, The Severing, and Survive, among many other projects – for the adrenaline-fueled human trafficking revenge thriller Mom.
Scripted by Brent Jordan, Mom tells the compelling story of a single mother embarking on a daring cross-country rescue mission, piecing together clues in the search for her teenage daughter who has fallen victim to the horrors of human trafficking.
Casting Director Lisa Zagoria, who assembled the cast for the Best Picture winner CODA, will be handling the casting of this film as well.
Pellington had this to say about the project: “Mom is a fast-moving story of protection and revenge. The film explores what happens when an ordinary mother is pushed into an extraordinary situation. It also explores the cost of justice and the true cost of violence. This is a muscular and intense dramatic thriller, with a leading role that is emotional, relatable and grounded. I’m humble and hungry, and I’m super happy to be working with Roundtable on this project. From Arlington Road to Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy”, I love to create intense dark action with emotional power and a brain and feel that Mom continues in that thrilling lineage of my work.“
Roundtable CEO Dominic Ianno added, “Roundtable looks to build franchises behind commercial product. Mom has all the makings of a female version of Taken and is an important story to bring to the world. I had the privilege of being involved with Larysa Kondracki’s The Whistleblower (Rachel Weisz) and this story shows another side happening right here in the U.S.“
Roundtable’s Head of Scripted John Baldecchi will be producing the film while Ianno and Pellington serve as executive producers alongside Jason Resnick, Sarah Donnelly, and Gabe Torres. Baldecchi said: “We were looking for a film that felt like a re-imagining of Rolling thunder, something gritty, real and of the moment. We were thrilled that Gabe Torres had brought us this harrowing story which is based directly on screenwriter Brent Jordan’s life experience. And Mark is the ideal partner for the material.“
And Donnelly, who is Roundtable’s Head of Production, said, “Mark is a prolific filmmaker who has a profound understanding of the human experience. We are excited to work with Mark on Mom. His unique ability to tell complex moral stories and handle delicate materials with a masterful hand is what makes him such a great director. In Mark’s capable hands, Mom will be a truly entertaining film, with enough realism and grit to keep this incredibly timely story grounded in the harsh reality of human trafficking and a mother’s fight to save her child.“
The press release announcing the project notes that “Over 27 million people worldwide can be classified as victims of human trafficking, this staggering number disproportionately impacting females, according to Human Trafficking Courts. In the press release announcing the project, it is noted that “Over 27 million people worldwide can be classified as victims of human trafficking. This staggering number disproportionately impacts females, according to Human Trafficking Courts. Mom shines a spotlight on the horrific victimization of innocents and the courage of those who step up to help.
Mom shines a spotlight on the horrific victimization of the innocent and the courage of those who step up to help.“Mark Pellington directing a thriller that shines a spotlight on a real world issue while also drawing comparisons to the likes of Taken
and Rolling Thunder sounds like a great project to me. I am looking forward to how this will turn out. Leave a comment to let us know what you think.