James Badge Dale to Star in Militia Drama “The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber”

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13 Hours star is set to lead the indie drama from writer-director , it was announced Wednesday by Cinestate.

Brian Geraghty (The Alienist) will co-star alongside Patrick Fischler (Twin Peaks), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter) and Gene Jones (The Sacrament).

The story follows a reclusive ex-cop (Dale) who’s forced out of retirement after he realizes a mass shooting at a police funeral was committed by a member of the same militia he joined after quitting the force. Understanding that the shooting could set off a chain reaction of violence across the country, Gannon quarantines his fellow militiamen in the remote lumber mill they call their headquarters. There, he sets about a series of grueling interrogations, intent on ferreting out the killer and turning him over to the authorities to prevent further bloodshed.

A complex tale of moral ambiguity and social isolation, The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber was featured on the 2015 Black List under the title Militia. The script mixes the locked-room paranoia of Reservoir Dogs with the gritty intrigue of classic espionage fiction.

Dallas Sonnier (Brawl in Cell Block 99) and Amanda Presmyk (Dragged Across Concrete) are producing for Cinestate, while Sefton Fincham (What They Had) is producing for Look to the Sky Films along with Adam Donaghey (A Ghost Story) and Johnathan Brownlee. The film will be executive produced by Shafin Diamond Tejani of Victory Square Films, as well as Preston Poulter, Steve Gossett Jr., Levi Sheck and Danielle Cox.

Nate Bolotin and XYZ Films will also serve as executive producers, as they’ll be handling foreign sales, leaving to represent the film’s domestic rights. Production will start in March in Dallas, Texas.

Incident is a story about the cost of connection and the need to be a part of something even if it’s hurting you,” said Dunham.

“Henry’s script read to me like one of my favorite movies, Glengarry Glen Ross, but with guns. Having lost both of my parents to gun violence, I am keenly aware of the responsibility of producing movies which demand sensitivity in the aftermath of real-world sadness and have extremely high hopes for this socially-relevant, articulate project,” added Sonnier.

Cinestate is currently in post on S. Craig Zahler’s Dragged Across Concrete starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn. In January, the company published its first novel — Zahler’s Hug Chickenpenny: The Panegyric of an Anomalous Child, which is currently being developed as a feature film by the Jim Henson Company. Founded by Sonnier, Cinestate is a Dallas-based entertainment company that recently acquired Fangoria magazine, which will relaunch in print this fall.

Dunham is represented by , Madhouse Entertainment and attorney Stephen Clark. Dale is represented by , MJ Management and attorney Geoffry Oblath. Mulkey is represented by Buchwald. Geraghty is represented by , Management 360 and attorney Craig Emanuel. Aramayo is represented by , MJ Management and attorney Richard Genow. Anderson is represented by Stewart Talent and Industry Entertainment. Fischler is represented by Buchwald, Main Title Entertainment and attorney Neil Meyer. Jones is represented by the Ann Steele Agency.

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