Cillian Murphy to Lead ‘Blood Runs Coal’ Film Adaptation at Universal

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Cillian Murphy to Star in ‘Blood Runs Coal’: A Tale of Justice and Corruption

Universal Pictures has secured the rights to adapt Mark A. Bradley’s gripping book, “Blood Runs Coal: The Yablonski Murders and the Battle for the United Mine Workers of America,” into a compelling film titled “Blood Runs Coal.” The story delves into the shocking events of 1969 surrounding the murder of mining union organizer Joseph “Jock” Yablonski and the ensuing investigation uncovering corruption within the coal industry.

Set in the late 1960s amidst Pennsylvania’s coal mines, the film promises to shed light on a crucial moment in American labor history. With Universal Pictures leading the charge, production is underway, with a team of talented individuals at the helm.

Cillian Murphy recognized for his diverse performances in movies such as “The Dark Knight” and “Dunkirk,” is poised to embody the significant character of Chip Yablonski, the offspring of the murdered labor union advocate.

Murphy, not only starring but also producing the film, brings his trademark intensity and depth to the character, ensuring a captivating portrayal.

Working alongside Murphy are screenwriting duo Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, known for their work on films such as “Edge of Tomorrow” and “Ford v Ferrari.” Their expertise promises to bring the intricate details of Bradley’s book to life on the silver screen.

Behind the scenes, a talented production team is in place, including producers John Davis, Jordan Davis, and Alan Moloney. Mark A. Bradley himself serves as executive producer, ensuring the authenticity and integrity of the story remain intact.

The film is being shepherded by Universal Pictures’ senior vice president of production, Lexi Barta, who brings her keen eye for quality projects to the table, overseeing the adaptation with precision and care.

Away from the cameras, Cillian Murphy continues to make waves with his recent projects, including the historical drama “Small Things Like These,” Netflix’s “Steve,” and the highly-anticipated “Peaky Blinders” film. Additionally, Murphy is set to executive produce “28 Years Later,” adding yet another feather to his cap.

Represented by CAA, Lou Coulson Associates, and David Weber/Sloane, Offer, Weber & Dern, Murphy’s involvement ensures a high-caliber performance.

Likewise, Jez and John-Henry Butterworth are under the representation of CAA and Alan Wertheimer at Jackoway Austen Tyerman, underscoring their valuable talent and expertise contributing to the project.

As production for “Blood Runs Coal” unfolds, audiences can anticipate a riveting cinematic experience that delves into themes of justice, corruption, and the resilience of the human spirit, all brought to life by a stellar cast and crew.

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