EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group has acquired U.S. rights to Tom Hammock’s The Well, a postapocalyptic thriller starring Haley Lu Richardson (MTV’s Awkward, Ravenswood). The Federighi Films pic is set in a once-lush Oregon valley turned dry by a decade-long drought, where a teenage girl fights to protect the last working well from a greedy water baron. Twilight co-stars Booboo Stewart (X-Men: Days Of Future Past) and Michael Welch (Z Nation), Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite) and Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) also star.

Hammock makes his debut as director after serving as production designer on a number of notable genre indies including All The Boys Love Mandy Lane, You’re Next and The Guest. He also co-scripted with Jacob Forman, who wrote Mandy Lane. The Well premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June and will get a theatrical/VOD release early next year through MPI’s Dark Sky Films. MPI EVP Greg Newman negotiated the deal with Josh Braun of Submarine Entertainment.