Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts Get Busy on ‘Sea of Trees’

Matthew McConaughey starts work on Sea of Trees
Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves (Photo © Richard Chavez)

Production has just begun on the dramatic movie Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, and Naomi Watts. Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) directs the project set up at BLOOM, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions and shooting in Japan and Massachusetts.

Chris Sparling’s script made the Black List (an annual list of the best unproduced scripts) and Gil Netter, Ken Kao, Kevin Halloran, F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins, and Allen Fischer are producing.

“We presented our buyers in Cannes with a timeline for Sea of Trees and are right on target to start production on this original and deeply moving story,” said BLOOM / Waypoint’s Ken Kao.

“We’ve made tremendous strides in a very short period of time – first launching the company and then seeing vigorous sales on our first film as a new company in Cannes,” added BLOOM’s Alex Walton.

The Plot:

Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts).

-By Rebecca Murray

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