Alcon Entertainment Begins Production on 'Insomnia,' Starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams and Hilary Swank

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Alcon Entertainment

    VANCOUVER, B.C., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Production commenced on April
 16th in Vancouver, British Columbia on "Insomnia," a suspense thriller from
 Alcon Entertainment starring Academy Award(R) winners Al Pacino ("Scent of a
 Woman" "Heat," "Any Given Sunday"), Robin Williams ("Good Will Hunting," "Mrs.
 Doubtfire," "The Fisher King") and Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry").  The film,
 a Witt /Thomas-Section 8 Production, will be distributed domestically by
 Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.
     Sent to a small Alaska town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl, a
 veteran police officer (Al Pacino) is forced into a game of psychological
 cat-and-mouse by a primary suspect (Robin Williams) after his partner is
 killed.  The stakes escalate as he contends with an idealistic detective
 (Hilary Swank) and finds his own stability dangerously threatened.
     A remake of a 1997 Norwegian film, "Insomnia" is directed by Christopher
 Nolan, the celebrated writer/director of the critically acclaimed "Memento,"
 from a screenplay by Hillary Seitz.  The film is executive produced by Section
 8 partners Steven Soderbergh (Oscar winning director of "Traffic," "Erin
 Brockovich") and actor/producer George Clooney ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?").
 The producers are Paul Junger Witt ("Three Kings," "Dead Poets Society"),
 Alcon Entertainment's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove ("My Dog Skip," "The
 Affair of the Necklace"), and Ed McDonnell ("Three Kings").  Charles Schlissel
 ("Red Planet," "While You Were Sleeping") and Tony Thomas ("Dead Poets
 Society," "Final Analysis") serve as executive producers on the project.
     The behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Wally Pfister
 ("Memento"), production designer Nathan Crowley ("Behind Enemy Lines"),
 costume designer Tish Monaghan ("Cats & Dogs") and editor Dody Dorn
 ("Memento").
     One of the world's most accomplished stars, Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino
 has won critical and popular acclaim for a wide diversity of roles, from "The
 Godfather," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "And Justice For All" to "Dick Tracey" and
 "The Insider."
     Renowned for his outstanding comedic and improvisational talent, Robin
 Williams has also garnered considerable acclaim for his dramatic and dynamic
 roles in such films as "Awakenings," "Dead Poets Society," "Good Morning,
 Vietnam," "Moscow on the Hudson" and "The World According To Garp."  He won an
 Academy Award(R) for his performance in "Good Will Hunting" and will soon be
 seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures comedy "Death to Smoochy."
     Winner of a Best Actress Academy Award(R) for her bravura performance in
 "Boys Don't Cry," Hilary Swank is one of the industry's fastest rising and
 talented young stars.  Making her comedic feature debut at age 16 in "Buffy
 the Vampire Slayer," she will star in the upcoming John Hughes feature "The
 Chambermaid."  "Insomnia" is Swank's second consecutive feature for Alcon
 Entertainment, the first being the historical drama "The Affair of the
 Necklace."
 
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    VANCOUVER, B.C., April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Production commenced on April
 16th in Vancouver, British Columbia on "Insomnia," a suspense thriller from
 Alcon Entertainment starring Academy Award(R) winners Al Pacino ("Scent of a
 Woman" "Heat," "Any Given Sunday"), Robin Williams ("Good Will Hunting," "Mrs.
 Doubtfire," "The Fisher King") and Hilary Swank ("Boys Don't Cry").  The film,
 a Witt /Thomas-Section 8 Production, will be distributed domestically by
 Warner Bros. Pictures, an AOL Time Warner Company.
     Sent to a small Alaska town to investigate the murder of a teenage girl, a
 veteran police officer (Al Pacino) is forced into a game of psychological
 cat-and-mouse by a primary suspect (Robin Williams) after his partner is
 killed.  The stakes escalate as he contends with an idealistic detective
 (Hilary Swank) and finds his own stability dangerously threatened.
     A remake of a 1997 Norwegian film, "Insomnia" is directed by Christopher
 Nolan, the celebrated writer/director of the critically acclaimed "Memento,"
 from a screenplay by Hillary Seitz.  The film is executive produced by Section
 8 partners Steven Soderbergh (Oscar winning director of "Traffic," "Erin
 Brockovich") and actor/producer George Clooney ("O Brother, Where Art Thou?").
 The producers are Paul Junger Witt ("Three Kings," "Dead Poets Society"),
 Alcon Entertainment's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove ("My Dog Skip," "The
 Affair of the Necklace"), and Ed McDonnell ("Three Kings").  Charles Schlissel
 ("Red Planet," "While You Were Sleeping") and Tony Thomas ("Dead Poets
 Society," "Final Analysis") serve as executive producers on the project.
     The behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography Wally Pfister
 ("Memento"), production designer Nathan Crowley ("Behind Enemy Lines"),
 costume designer Tish Monaghan ("Cats & Dogs") and editor Dody Dorn
 ("Memento").
     One of the world's most accomplished stars, Oscar-winning actor Al Pacino
 has won critical and popular acclaim for a wide diversity of roles, from "The
 Godfather," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "And Justice For All" to "Dick Tracey" and
 "The Insider."
     Renowned for his outstanding comedic and improvisational talent, Robin
 Williams has also garnered considerable acclaim for his dramatic and dynamic
 roles in such films as "Awakenings," "Dead Poets Society," "Good Morning,
 Vietnam," "Moscow on the Hudson" and "The World According To Garp."  He won an
 Academy Award(R) for his performance in "Good Will Hunting" and will soon be
 seen in the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures comedy "Death to Smoochy."
     Winner of a Best Actress Academy Award(R) for her bravura performance in
 "Boys Don't Cry," Hilary Swank is one of the industry's fastest rising and
 talented young stars.  Making her comedic feature debut at age 16 in "Buffy
 the Vampire Slayer," she will star in the upcoming John Hughes feature "The
 Chambermaid."  "Insomnia" is Swank's second consecutive feature for Alcon
 Entertainment, the first being the historical drama "The Affair of the
 Necklace."
 
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