Principal photography has begun on Runaway, a feature film from producer Mike Leahy of Strike Accord in association with Gatlin Returns. The film, which will utilize the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate administered by the Oklahoma Film and Music Office will be shooting in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area including Luther and Coyle.
This will be Leahy’s third time filming in Oklahoma; he previously produced Great Plains in the fall of 2015, and Judgment in February 2016, both of which utilized the Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program.
“Given the opportunity to make two back to back horror films, I chose Oklahoma because of the amazing talent and support I found on my first film here, Great Plains. Working with the same group of people three times in a row is unique in today’s economy, but Oklahoma has proven to be one of the first places I consider when budgeting a film,” said Leahy.
Runaway tells the story of a young woman named Ruth, who finds herself pregnant after escaping a murderous child cult in a small Midwestern town. Ruth struggles to spare her son the horrors of her childhood while trying to outrun her past.
The film will be directed by John Gulager, who is known for the Feast trilogy, Piranha 3DD, and Zombie Night.
“We are thrilled to work with Strike Accord again,” said OFMO director Tava Maloy Sofsky. “To have a producer bring three films to Oklahoma in less than a year is a testament to the effectiveness of our state’s incentive program and speaks volumes about the talent and production value our local cast and crew members bring to film productions working in Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoma Film and Music Office www.okfilmmusic.org