Have you ever dreamed of being in a film? For the Sapphire Motel that dream just came true! We were one of the filming locations for the recently released ‘Shattered’ movie, starring John Malkovich, Frank Grillo, Cameron Monaghan, and Lilly Krug. The film was written by David Loughery and directed by Luis Prieto.
Bozeman has become popular in the film industry in the last few years, with several well known series and movies filming in our iconic mountain town. However, a genre you don’t often see coming out of Montana is the intense thriller. The scene was set for that to change in the winter of 2021 when ‘Shattered’ director Luis Prieto chose Bozeman and Big Sky to bring to life David Loughery’s deception filled script.
The Sapphire Motel (still named the Royal 7 at the time of filming) is the backdrop for the apartment Lilly’s character Sky shares with her ill-fated roommate, Lisa, played by Ash Santos. It’s also home to the nosey and eccentric landlord Ronald, played brilliantly by John Malkovich.
The movie offers a juxtaposition of the worlds of the haves and have nots, with greed and violence as a centerpiece. It is an intense watch with some disturbing portrayals of cruelty set against some beautiful Montana scenery. The movie is reminiscent of ‘Misery’ with shades of ‘Basic Instinct’ also coming to mind.
We are honored to have been a part of the making of this complex thriller. It was so fun to host this incredible cast and crew! Hope you enjoyed these images from the set. In the above photo you can see John Malkovich, as Ronald, being filmed through the motel window!
The film released on January 14th, 2022. You can see this thriller in select theaters, on digital and On Demand. See the official Shattered movie page at the Lionsgate website for more information.