Amazon Studios has come on board to produce alongside Endgame Entertainment Mike Cahill’s sci-fi drama Bliss starring Salma Hayek and Owen Wilson.
Endgame’s Jim Stern serves as producer and the company’s Lucas Smith is executive producer alongside Marsha Swinton (Hala). Amazon Studios is financing the project and holds worldwide rights.
Described as a mind-bending love story, Bliss centres on recently divorced Greg (Wilson) whose life is falling apart 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.
Isbel believes they are living in an ugly, harsh world simulation inside the beautiful, peaceful “real” world of bliss. 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, who brought the project to Amazon Studios. “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’s credits include Another Earth and I Origins, both of which Fox Searchlight released, and both of which won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. 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 in January 2020, and recently wrapped production on the HanWay / Bleecker Street Untitled Sally Potter drama with Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning, and Lionsgate’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds.
Wilson most recently starred in Wonder opposite Julia Roberts and Jacob Tremblay. He also featured in Lawrence Sher’s Father Figures alongside Ed Helms, Christopher Walken, J.K. Simmons, and Glenn Close.