Monday, May 7, 2018





Angelina Jolie and Escape Artist Productions’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch will produce “Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story,” the upcoming feature about legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe.
Martin Sensmeier will executive produce and star as the world-renowned athlete. Abraham Taylor is also on board to produce. Taylor, Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo penned the original screenplay. Josh Aker will additionally executive produce, along with Justine Hunt for Box of Daylight Productions.
Regarded as one of the greatest athletes in the history of modern sports, Thorpe was also a member of the Sac and Fox Nation. In 1912, he won two Olympic gold medals representing the United States while his citizenship went unrecognized during a period of cultural genocide for Native Americans. He went on to play Major League Baseball, professional football and eventually founded the organization that became the NFL.
“I’m honored to be working on this project,” Jolie said. “I have had the privilege of spending time with Bill Thorpe, and will be listening to and guided by the Tribes and the Thorpe family in the making of this film.”
he producers have garnered significant support from Indian Country — including the Tuolumne Band of Mewuk Indians, the Mohegan Tribe, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Tonto Apache Tribe and The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria — to participate in financing the film and telling the authentic story.
“As Native Americans, it is crucial that we tell our own stories,” Mohegan chairman Kevin Brown “Red Eagle” said. “Thorpe’s is a vital one, and Bright Path will break barriers. For the first time, a major motion picture about a Native man, starring a Native man, will be made and released to a broad general audience. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”
Robert Williamson, clan leader and committee member of the Sac and Fox Nation, said. “At its core, Bright Path is a powerful human rights story. It will help the nation understand our people and our struggle.”
Additionally, Thorpe’s family will be involved in the feature. “My brother Richard and I are the only surviving children of Jim Thorpe,” Bill Thorpe said. “Our father’s accomplishments in life are a great source of pride to us. In the more than six decades since Burt Lancaster’s ‘Jim Thorpe: All American,’ our family has heard of dozens of attempts to bring this story to modern audiences, but we have never shared the vision of a movie until the authentic portrayal in ‘Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story.”
UTA’s Independent Film Group will represent the film for financing and distribution.
Jolie recently executive produced the Oscar-nominated animated feature “The Breadwinner,” as well as wrote, directed, and produced the Golden Globe-nominated film “First They Killed My Father.” Up next, she is producing and starring in Disney’s “Maleficent 2.” Jolie is also set to voice star and produce the Disney adaptation of “The One and Only Ivan.”
Sensmeier, who is in HBO’s hit series “Westworld,” was also seen in Taylor Sheridan’s “Wind River” opposite Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen. Prior to that, he appeared in Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.
Jolie is represented by UTA, Media Talent Group and Sloane Offer. Sensmeier is represented by UTA and Justine Hunt of Hines and Hunt Entertainment. Taylor and Aker are represented by Bianca Goodloe of Goodloe Law.






Thorpe was the legendary athlete who won two Olympic Gold Medals representing the United States and went on to help found the NFL.

Native American athlete Jim Thorpe is getting the big screen treatment.
Angelina Jolie will produce Bright Path: The Jim Thorpe Story, which will star Martin Sensmeier (Wind River, Westworld) as the multi-talented athlete and member of the Sac and Fox Nation.
In 1912, Thorpe won two Olympic Gold Medals representing the United States while his citizenship went unrecognized during a period of cultural genocide for Native Americans. He went on to play Major League Baseball, professional Football and eventually founded the organization that became the NFL.
Along with Jolie, Steve Tisch and Todd Black of Escape Artists Productions and Abraham Taylor will also produce. In addition to starring, Sensmeier will also exec produce with Josh Aker and Justine Hunt on behalf of Box of Daylight Productions. Abraham Taylor, Alex Nibley and Sterlin Harjo penned the original screenplay.
Thorpe's story was previously told in 1951's Jim Thorpe: All American, which starred Burt Lancaster.
For Bright Path, the filmmakers are partnering with Indian Country to participate in financing the film and telling the authentic story, including The Tuolumne Band of Mewuk Indians, The Mohegan Tribe, the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, the Tonto Apache Tribe and The Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria.
Mohegan Chairman Kevin Brown (“Red Eagle”), said, “As Native Americans it is crucial that we tell our own stories. Thorpe's is a vital one and Bright Path will break barriers. For the first time, a major motion picture about a Native man, starring a Native man, will be made and released to a broad general audience. We couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it.”
Thorpe's family will also be involved in the production. “Our father’s accomplishments in life are a great source of pride to us. In the more than six decades since Burt Lancaster’s Jim Thorpe: All American, our family has heard of dozens of attempts to bring this story to modern audiences, but we have never shared the vision of a movie until the authentic portrayal in Bright Path,” said Bill Thorpe.
UTA’s Independent Film Group will represent the film for financing and distribution.
Sensmeier, who also starred in The Magnificent Seven, is repped by UTA and Hunt.





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