Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director-star Paul Gross’ war thriller Hyena Road, which was a gala presentation at this year’s Toronto Film Festival. A 2016 release is planned.

The pic revolves around three men caught at the intersection of modern warfare — an intelligence officer Pete Mitchell (Gross), whose mission is to ensure the construction of a supply road deep into the heart of Taliban territory in Afghanistan, colloquially known as Hyena Road; Master Sniper Ryan Sanders (Rossif Sutherland), who leads a team of snipers protecting the crews building the road; and a local Afghan warrior who has left war behind, but gets pulled back into battle to settle a personal score.

Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal for Samuel Goldwyn Films, Tristen Tuckfield for CAA, and Niv Fichman and Jordan Nahmias on behalf of the filmmakers.