Sundance Selects has nabbed U.S. distribution rights to the Ethan Hawke-directed biopic, Blaze, which had its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The pic is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson.

Written by Hawk and Sybil Rosen, Hawke based on her memoir Living in the Woods in a Tree: Remembering Blaze Foley, the film explores his love affair with Rosen; his final performance in a near-empty honky-tonk; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact that his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes.

It stars newcomer Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Sexton, Richard Linklater, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, and Alynda Segarra.

Sundance Selects’ Arianna Bocco negotiated the deal with Eric Sloss of Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers.