Samuel Goldwyn Films has announced that the company has acquired North American rights to actor Alex Pettyfer’s directorial debut “Back Roads.” Based on the Oprah’s Book Club selection and New York Times bestselling novel by Tawni O’Dell, the film explores the impact of family trauma with a powerful and visceral noir thriller that leaves audiences breathless until the last moment. The film is slated for a late 2018 theatrical release.
The deal was negotiated by Miles Fineburg and Peter Goldwyn on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films and ICM on behalf of the filmmakers.
“Back Roads” centers on a young man stuck in the Pennsylvania backwoods caring for his three younger sisters after the shooting death of his abusive father and the arrest of his mother. Family secrets and unspoken truths threaten to consume him.