Limelight and Boies/Schiller Tap Naomi Watts to Star in LAKEWOOD with Phillip Noyce to Direct

Academy Award Nominee Naomi Watts will star in the upcoming film Lakewood with Phillip Noyce (Salt, Clear and Present Danger) set to direct.  The film is written by Chris Sparling (Greenland, Sea of Trees, Buried) and is produced by: Boies/Schiller’s Zack Schiller and David Boies; Limelight’s Dylan Sellers and Chris Parker; Untapped Production’s Andrew Corkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene, A Vigilante); Naomi Watts (Three Generations, The Wolf Hour) for Jam Tart Films; and Stratagem’s Alex Lalonde. Limelight and Boies/Schiller are fully financing Lakewood in partnership with Canadian production house Stratagem, with principal photography commencing on September 16th in Ontario.

Lakewood tells the gripping tale of a small-town torn asunder when authorities place Lakewood on lockdown, and a mother’s desperate race against time to save her child. 

Tyler Zacharia (The Irishman, upcoming The Babysitter 2) helped structure financing and will executive produce along with Untapped Production’s Theo James (Divergent franchise) and Limelight’s Alex Dong.  UTA Independent Film Group is representing the US rights alongside Endeavor Content and CAA Media Finance. Mister Smith is representing the international rights. 

Limelight is behind Palm Springs starring Andy Samberg and Cristin Milioti, which they produced and fully financed.  Hulu/NEON released the film to much acclaim last month after buying it out of Sundance, for what is the biggest sale ever, following its acclaimed debut in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Limelight also partnered with Boies/Schiller on Theodore Melfi’s The Starling starring Melissa McCarthy, Kevin Kline, and Chris O’Dowd, which Netflix recently acquired and co- financed. They also co-financed and executive produced Miss Granny, a Spanish language comedy produced by Eugenio Derbez and Ben O’Dell of 3Pas Studios. Boies /Schiller’s The Babysitter: Killer Queen is scheduled to premiere this weekend on Netflix.

Watts rose to international prominence for playing an aspiring actress in David Lynch’s psychological thriller Mulholland Drive and a tormented journalist in the horror remake The Ring. She received Academy Award nominations for her performances as a grief-stricken mother in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s neo-noir film 21 Grams, and for her role in the disaster film The Impossible.  More recent credits include: The Loudest Voice, Twin Peaks, The Glass Castle, The Wolf Hour, and Luce. She will next be seen starring in Penquin Bloom, in which she also produces.

Noyce is an Award-Winning Australian director, producer, and screenwriter who directed over 19 feature films including historical drama Rabbit-Proof Fence for Miramax, thriller Dead Calm starring Nicole Kidman and Sam Neill for Warner Bros., and action film Salt with Angelina Jolie for Columbia Pictures. He has also directed the Jack Ryan adaptations Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger and the 2014 adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver.  Noyce most-recently directed Netflix’s “What/If” with Renée Zellweger.

UTA represents Noyce, Sparling, Limelight and Untapped Productions.  Watts is represented by WME and managed by Untitled Entertainment.