SANTA FE ― New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen announced that the feature “Those Who Wish Me Dead,” produced by Film Rites and BRON Studios, has concluded principal photography on locations thoughout New Mexico.
Creative Wealth Media is co-financing the project with New Line Cinema, while Warner Bros. Pictures is handling marketing and distribution.
During principal photography the production employed approximately 675 New Mexico residents among its cast and crew. The project shot on locations in and around Bernalillo, Torrance, Sandoval, and Rio Arriba counties, including Santa Clara Pueblo.
“Those Who Wish Me Dead” is a female-driven neo-Western set against a wildfire in the Montana wilderness. The film is directed by Academy Award nominee Taylor Sheridan (“Wind River”; screenwriter “Hell or High Water,” “Sicario”), from his screenplay based on Michael Kortya’s bestselling novel, previously adapted by Charles Leavitt and Michael Koryta. Sheridan is producing with Garrett Basch, Steven Zaillian, and BRON Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert (“The Mule,” “Tully,” “Fences”) and Kevin Turen (“All is Lost,” “Arbitrage”). Executive Producers include Jason Cloth (“The Mule,” “A Simple Favor,” “Fences”) of Creative Wealth Media, Kathryn Dean and Michael Friedman (TV’s “Yellowstone”).
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie (“Girl, Interrupted,” “Maleficent,” “Salt,” “Changeling”) leads the film’s acclaimed ensemble cast including Nicholas Hoult (“Mad Max: Fury Road,” “The Favourite”), Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Baby Driver,” TV’s “The Walking Dead”), Tyler Perry (the “Madea” franchise, “Vice,” “Gone Girl”), Aidan Gillen (TV’s “Game of Thrones,” “Bohemian Rhapsody”), Medina Senghore (“Blindspot”), Finn Little (“Storm Boy”), and Jake Weber (TV’s “Homeland” and “13 Reasons Why”).
“In our story the setting itself is a character, and once we started scouting our locations — from the Santa Clara Pueblo to the Jemez Mountains and the wooded foothills of the Manzanos — we knew that New Mexico would provide the rugged scope that this story demands,” said Sheridan.
“As always, I’m thrilled when a production makes use of so much of our beautiful landscape in rural areas,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “New Mexico is wide open for film business, and we continue to be the premiere destination for any and all Western pictures.”
“More and more productions are finding that New Mexico is a state with a talented industry workforce, diverse locations and the best financial incentives in the country,” said Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes of the Economic Development Department. “We are honored that ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ had such a positive experience in the state and was able to provide jobs to more than 600 New Mexicans.”
“I am especially pleased the producers of ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’ were able to take advantage of New Mexico’s many remote and scenic locations, including Santa Clara Pueblo,” added New Mexico Film Office Director Todd Christensen. “We are hearing from more producers who want to see locations in New Mexico and learn more about our new film and television production rebates.”