Screen Media, a Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment company, has acquired all North American rights to the upcoming crime thriller Devil’s Peak, starring Billy Bob Thornton.
Screen Media will release the film exclusively in theaters on Feb. 17, followed by a digital release on Feb. 24.
In addition to Academy Award winner Thornton (The Gray Man, Bad Santa), the film stars Golden Globe winner Robin Wright (Wonder Woman 1984, “House of Cards”), Hopper Penn (War Machine, The Cleaner) and Academy Award nominee Jackie Earle Haley (“The Watchmen”).
Set in the Appalachian Mountains, Devil’s Peak follows a family dominated by a crime lord (Thornton) who controls his family and his business with his fists. When his son (Penn) meets the girl of his dreams (Katelyn Nacon), desperately wanting to escape the life he is expected to lead and free himself from the clutches of his father, he is forced to go head to head with the terrifying man who will stop at nothing to ensure loyalty from all of those around him.
Devil’s Peak is directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love, Extinction) from a screenplay written by Robert Knott (Appaloosa), based on the novel Where All Light Tends to Go written by David Joy.
“Working with a cast of this stature had always been a dream of mine,” said Young in a statement. “I wanted to get back to my roots and make a movie on location that would live or die by its performances. It’s movie-making in its purest form, driven by love and passion for the medium by all involved.”
“We’ve been big fans of the story since we first read it,” said David Fannon, chief acquisitions and distribution officer at Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “Devil’s Peak is the kind of original storytelling that Screen Media can’t wait to bring it to audiences worldwide.”
The film was produced by Wright, Griff Furst, Josh Kesselman, Robert Knott, and Jamie Hilton. Executive producers include Ford Corbett, Seth Needle, Conor McAdam, Maurice Fadida, Angela Meredith Furst, Landon Gorman, Amanda Morrison, Brandon Powers, Anthony Standberry and David Nagelberg.
The deal was negotiated by Seth Needle, EVP of global acquisitions and co-productions, on behalf of Screen Media, with Griff Furst on behalf of the filmmakers.
Screen Media recently acquired Tom DeLonge’s directorial debut Monsters of California; Renny Harlin’s action film The Bricklayer, starring Aaron Eckhart and Nina Dobrev, from Millennium Films; The Locksmith, starring Ryan Phillippe, Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames; as well as the Bella Thorne-led thriller Saint Clare, starring Ryan Phillippe and Rebecca DeMornay. Recent film releases include Poker Face, directed by and starring Academy Award Winner Russell Crowe; Kevin Lewis’ follow-up to Willy’s Wonderland, The Accursed, starring Alexis Knapp and Mena Suvari; The Enforcer, starring Antonio Banderas and Kate Bosworth; The Immaculate Room, starring Emile Hirsch, Kate Bosworth and Ashley Greene Khoury; The Nan Movie, starring Catherine Tate; Code Name Banshee, starring Antonio Banderas, Jaime King and Tommy Flanagan; and the psychological horror film Monstrous, starring Christina Ricci.