A24 Picks Up Atom Egoyan’s The Captive


Less than two weeks after the release of his latest film, the crime drama Devil’s Knot, Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s next movie The Captive has already been picked up at the Cannes Film Festival for release in the United States by A24.

The psychological thriller stars Ryan Reynolds as a father who leaves his young daughter in the back seat of his pick-up truck only to find her gone when he returns. Co-written by Egoyan with David Fraser, the film also stars Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos (“The Killing”), Kevin Durand and Egoyan regular Bruce Greenwood.

eOne will be handling distribution of the film in Canada and the UK.

Entertainment One Films International (eOne Films International), in conjunction with WME GLOBAL, Ego Film Arts and The Film Farm, is proud to announce the US sale of The Captive to A24, in partnership with DirecTV. Directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan (Chloe, Exotica, Ararat), and written by Atom Egoyan and David Fraser, the film is based on an original story by Atom Egoyan. The film is produced by Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss and Stephen Traynor. A24 will release the film this fall.

“On behalf of my team, we are delighted that A24 will release The Captive in the US,” said Egoyan. “I am impressed with the caliber of films and campaigns they have recently worked on and I look forward to collaborating with them to reach an American audience.”

“A24 is an extremely exciting company right now with a very smart vision of the future,” said Harold van Lier, President, eOne Films International. “Despite other serious offers on the table, they demonstrated the level of passion and commitment that we were looking for. We look forward to celebrating Atom’s film in Cannes with A24 and our other distribution partners around the world.”

In THE CAPTIVE, which stars Ryan Reynolds (The Proposal; Buried; The Voices), Scott Speedman (Barney’s Version; Adoration), Rosario Dawson (Sin City; Rent), Mireille Enos (World War Z, The Killing – Television), Kevin Durand (Devil’s Knot, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) and Bruce Greenwood (The Sweet Hereafter), a pick-up truck pulls off the highway at a diner. Confident that his young daughter is safe in the back seat and promising to return with ice cream, the father slips out of his truck and into the diner. When he returns, she is gone. The psychological thriller examines how this kidnapping destroys the relationships among those involved. As the film teases out the complex threads weaving together the victim, her family, the predators and the investigators, the mystery of what happened to the child is revealed. THE CAPTIVE is a riveting thriller about the lengths people go to protect the people they love.

“We are huge fans of Atom and are excited to be working with him on this incredible achievement”, says A24. “The narrative is gripping and the cast is superb. We are looking forward to working with eOne and are excited for audiences to see have the chance to discover this film.”

In addition to handling worldwide sales of the film, eOne will be directly distributing The Captive in Canada and the UK.

A24 brokered the deal with WME GLOBAL on behalf of eOne and the filmmakers.

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