God’s Country is a new neo-Western thriller directed by Julian Higgins (Winter Light 2015) and starring Thandie Newton (Westworld TV series). We’ve just heard that the film has started principle shooting in Montana. Cold Iron’s CEO, Miranda Bailey, and Amanda Marshall are producing the film, along with Halee Bernard and Higgins.
A neo-Western thriller set in the bleak winter landscape of the Mountain West, God’s Country stars Newton as a college professor living on her own at the edge of the national forest. One day, she confronts two hunters trespassing on her land, triggering a battle of wills with dangerous ramifications.
Screenwriter Shaye Ogbonna (Racist Siri 2012) adapted the script with Higgins from the short story, Winter Light, by James Lee Burke, the New York Times bestselling author of the Dave Robicheaux detective series and numerous other novels. He has received two Edgar Awards and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction and a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize. Burke’s fortieth novel will be released this year.