July 7th, 2015
Survival Pictures launches with Terry George’s The Promise Starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale
(Los Angeles, July 7) Tracinda Corporation, founded by the late Kirk Kerkorian, announced today its formation of Survival Pictures, a production company dedicated to telling stories of perseverance, endurance and the inextinguishable fire of the human spirit. The company was humbly and discreetly started years ago by Kirk Kerkorian, who wanted this company and its first project to speak to his core values.
Survival Pictures is managed by Eric Esrailian and Anthony Mandekic for Mr. Kerkorian. It will produce and finance the recently announced THE PROMISE starring Golden Globe nominee, Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina, A Most Violent Year), Academy Award winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, American Hustle, The Dark Knight), and it will have award-winning director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda, Reservation Road, The Shore) at the helm.
Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, THE PROMISE is an epic love story centered on the relationships between Michael, a brilliant student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris—a renowned American journalist based in Paris. The film is set to shoot this fall in Southern Europe including Portugal and the Canary Islands. The script was written by Academy Award nominated writers Terry George and Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Memoirs of a Geisha).
Esrailian will produce on behalf of Survival Pictures and the film will also be produced by Mike Medavoy for Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan, Shutter Island, Zodiac, The Thin Red Line), Ralph Winter (X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Giver) and William Horberg (Milk, Cold Mountain, The Talented Mr. Ripley).
Longtime Kerkorian attorney and spokesperson Patricia Glaser said, “Survival Pictures was born out of Kirk Kerkorian’s unwavering dedication to telling inspiring human stories for audiences around the world. THE PROMISE will be a film celebrating the Armenian people and, in the context of a wonderful love story, will open the door to awareness and the championing of human rights. The participants he entrusted with the making of this film feel a tremendous responsibility to Mr. Kerkorian, the Armenian People, and to all of humanity, to get it right at the highest level.
“This film fulfills a longstanding dream for Mr. Kerkorian and he was thrilled to participate in the entire development and casting process. He wanted this powerful story told through beautiful writing,” said Glaser.
Anthony Mandekic, Patricia Glaser, Dan Taylor, and Sheri Sani will also serve as Executive Producers, as will Kirk Kerkorian, posthumously. THE PROMISE will be Mr. Kerkorian’s first Executive Producer credit.
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