SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 19 – Lionsgate, announced today that it has acquired the North American, U.K., Australian and South African distribution rights to GreeneStreet Films’ TENDERNESS, a thriller directed by John Polson (HIDE AND SEEK, SWIMFAN).
Written by Emil Stern and based on the novel by Robert Cormier, TENDERNESS is produced by GreeneStreet co-founder John Penotti, Howard Meltzer and Charles Randolph; GreeneStreet co-founder Fisher Stevens and Tim Williams are executive producers.
Jana Edelbaum of iDeal Partners Film Fund and Scott Hanson and John Allen of Hanson Film Fund are also executive producers. GreeneStreet Films, iDeal Partners Film Fund and Hanson Film Fund co-financed TENDERNESS. The film stars Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub and Academy Award® nominee Laura Dern. The announcement was made jointly by Lionsgate President of Theatrical Films Tom Ortenberg and President of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Peter Block.
"TENDERNESS delivers an unbeatable combination of story, filmmakers and actors," noted Ortenberg and Block. "The common denominator here is intensity: on the one hand, you have the heightened emotions of a young couple on the run, and on the other, the fierce resolve of the cop who is hard on their trail, trying to prevent disaster. John Polson, Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub, and Laura Dern have given it their all — which means that audiences can count on an incredibly gripping experience."
Said Penotti, "We are delighted to be partnering with Lionsgate on TENDERNESS. The entire Lionsgate team is renowned for their sharp ideas and enormous energy, and we are looking forward to working with them to bring TENDERNESS to moviegoers on four continents."
Lori Cranston (Sophie Traub) is a confused fifteen-year-old dreamer in search of an escape from her troubled home life. She discovers and becomes enthralled with Eric (Jon Foster), a young man with a violent past. As they embark on a harrowing journey, a hardened local cop (Russell Crowe), who has been following Eric for years, is intent on exposing him as a serial killer before Lori’s fate is determined.
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Block, Jason Constantine, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions, and Wendy Jaffe, Senior Vice President Legal & Business Affairs, Acquisitions; and for GreeneStreet by Vicki Cherkas, GreeneStreet Head of Business Affairs, Business Development and New Ventures, and CAA.