Production Starts on Kill the Messenger


Production has officially started on Kill the Messenger, a new crime-drama from director Michael Cuesta (best known for his direction in TV’s Homeland). The film stars Jeremy Renner, Barry Pepper, Andy Garcia, Paz Vega and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.

Kill the Messenger is based on the true story of “Gary Webb, the real-life dedicated reporter for The San Jose Mercury-News. In the 1990s, Webb uncovered the Central Intelligence Agency’s role in importing cocaine into California that was sold to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Supported by his wife and children, Webb pursued the story and went public with his evidence. When targeted for a vicious smear campaign by the CIA and rival journalists, Webb found himself fighting for his reputation and his family.”

Michael Cuesta is directing from a screenplay by Peter Landesman, who has written and directed the upcoming Parkland, a drama based on the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

The filmmakers of Kill the Messenger also include production designer John Paino (whose latest is Focus’ upcoming Dallas Buyers Club), director of photography Sean Bobbitt (Focus’ The Place Beyond the Pines), and editor Brian Kates (The Savages).

Kill the Messenger will be released in 2014.