After helming the Sundance favorite Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon has quickly established himself as an emerging director to watch. Since then, the stalwart director’s slate has exploded with a slew of high-profile titles, and now sources confirm that one of those projects is LET IT BLEED. The crime-thriller is inspired by Gomez-Rejon’s own experiences growing up in Laredo, Texas.
Kevin Misher of Misher Films is producing the thriller, along with Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder of Addictive Pictures. Waypoint Entertainment, the shingle behind Shane Black’s The Nice Guys and Gus van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, is also producing.
Other details regarding the story of Let It Bleed are being kept tightly under wraps, though sources confirm that the crime thriller will be based on an original story from Gomez-Rejon.
Gomez-Rejon began directing in the television space, helming episodes of Glee, American Horror Story, and Red Band Society. He also served as a second unit director on films like Eat Pray Love, Babel, Bewitched, and Argo before making his feature directorial debut on Ryan Murphy and Blumhouse’s horror update of The Town That Dreaded Sundown. But, he truly burst onto the scene with his Me And Earl And The Dying Girl adaptation, which set Sundance afire last year and propelled him into further high-profile projects.
Gomez-Rejon was next set to direct Collateral Beauty, a hot spec that was set up at PalmStar Entertainment, with Will Smith attached to star. Gomez-Rejon bowed out of that project citing irrevocable creative differences, but quickly sprang to other projects. He’s in negotiations to helm The Weinstein Company’s The Current War, which was a Hit List and Black List script. Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal are in talks to star.
Waypoint is the ideal home for a passion project like Let It Bleed, as the shingle has established itself as a home for auteurs. With films from Terrance Malick, Gus van Sant, and Shane Black in the pipeline, it’s easy to see why a project from Gomez-Rejon would entice the banner.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor