Sean Penn Launches Projected Picture Works Label With John Ira Palmer & John Wildermuth; Board Penn-Starrer ‘Black Flies’ As First Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winning multi-hyphenate Sean Penn has launched Projected Picture Works, a new independent production company he will run with producing partners John Ira Palmer and John Wildermuth. The new shingle will develop and produce films and series, collaborating with established and emerging talent to tell stories that are original, meaningful, and cinematic.

Palmer, Wildermuth - Credit: ID PR
Palmer, Wildermuth - Credit: ID PR

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Penn, the two-time Academy Award-winning actor, director, writer, and producer, is coming off starring and directing Flag Day, released by MGM after its Cannes premiere, and he’s finishing up Gaslit, Starz’s UCP-produced Watergate limited series he’s starring in with Julia Roberts..

Palmer is a producer and former marketing executive, and Wildermuth is a producer and veteran assistant director who first worked alongside Penn on his directing debut, The Indian Runner. The trio collaborated on Flag Day, which was executive produced by Wildermuth, and co-produced by Palmer.

Projected Picture Works is currently developing its initial slate of projects, and the trio has signed on to produce Black Flies directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, which will star Penn & Tye Sheridan. Based on a novel by the same name, Black Flies is an intense thriller about the paramedics who save our lives—and the toll it inflicts on theirs. It is an immersive view of life on the streets and one medic’s struggle to maintain his desire to help despite his growing fear that nothing he can do will make a difference. The film is being produced under the Sculptor Media banner alongside Force Majeure, James Masciello’s creative producing arm, and Projected Picture Works, in association with Wiip. Penn, Palmer and Wildermuth join Warren Goz and Eric Gold are producing with Christopher Kopp, Lucan Toh and Babak Anvari as producers.

Projected Picture Works is represented by CAA and attorney Lawrence I. Weinberg; Penn is CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein, Palmer by CAA, and Wildermuth by ICM.

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