Atom Egoyan‘s The Captive is screening today in Competition here in Cannes. In the second domestic deal this week on a Competition title after Sony Pictures Classics acquired Saint Laurent, the film has been picked up by A24 in partnership with DirecTV. A24 will release in the U.S. this fall. Egoyan directs and co-wrote with David Fraser, based on an original story by Egoyan. Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood star. Reynolds plays the father of a young girl who disappears from their pick-up truck in a diner parking lot. The psychological thriller examines how the kidnapping destroys the relationships among those involved. Egoyan, Simone Urdl, Jennifer Weiss and Stephen Traynor are producers.
“A24 is an extremely exciting company right now with a very smart vision of the future,” says Harold van Lier, President of 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 addition to handling worldwide sales of the film, eOne will directly distribute in Canada and the UK. A24 brokered the deal with WME Global and CAA on behalf of eOne and the filmmakers.