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Asphalt City

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Asphalt City Movie Details:

Original titleBlack Flies
Based onBlack Flies by Shannon Burke
Country United States
Language English
GenreThriller, Drama
Release dateMay 18, 2023 (Cannes)
March 29, 2024 (United States)
Running time2hr
CastSean Penn
Tye Sheridan
Gbenga Akinnagbe
Raquel Nave
Kali Reis
Michael Pitt
Katherine Waterston
Mike Tyson
Directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Screenplay byRyan King
Ben Mac Brown
Produced byWarren Goz
Eric Gold
Christopher Kopp
Lucan Toh
Sean Penn
John Ira Palmer
John Wildermuth
Tye Sheridan
Tina Wang
Cinematography by David Ungaro
Edited by Saar Klein
Katherine McQuerrey
Music byNicolas Becker
Quentin Sirjacq
Production CompanySculptor Media
FilmNation Entertainment
Projected Picture Works
AZA Films
Two & Two Pictures
Dogwood Pictures
Distributor Vertical Entertainment
Roadside Attractions

Asphalt City Movie Cast & Characters:

  • Tye Sheridan as Ollie Cross
  • Sean Penn as Gene Rutkovsky
  • Katherine Waterston as Nancy
  • Michael Pitt
  • Mike Tyson as Chief Burroughs
  • Raquel Nave
  • Kali Reis
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe


In preparation for medical school, Ollie Cross joins veteran paramedic Gene Rutkovsky on a drive through New York City.

About Asphalt City Movie:

Asphalt City (originally titled Black Flies) is an American thriller drama film directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire and written by Ryan King and Ben Mac Brown, based on the 2008 novel Black Flies by Shannon Burke. It stars Sean Penn, Tye Sheridan, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Raquel Nave, Kali Reis, Michael Pitt, Katherine Waterston, and Mike Tyson.

In December 2018, Ryan King’s screenplay Black Flies, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Shannon Burke, was featured on the Black List, an annual survey of the most-liked yet unproduced scripts of the year.

By February 2019, Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire came on board to direct, with Mel Gibson and Tye Sheridan in final negotiations to star. In February 2021, Sean Penn replaced Gibson in one of the lead roles and was reported that Open Road Films had acquired the U.S. distribution rights.

Katherine Waterston, Michael Pitt, Mike Tyson, and Raquel Nave were announced to star in the following months. Filming began in May 2022 in New York City with cinematographer David Ungaro. It was produced by Sculptor Media, FilmNation Entertainment and Projected Picture Works.

Black Flies had its world premiere at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2023, where it competed for the Palme d’Or. The film was originally set to be released in the United States by Open Road Films. In January 2024, Vertical Entertainment and Roadside Attractions acquired distribution rights and was released as Asphalt City on March 29, 2024.


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