Grindstone Lands Anthony Hopkins-Starrer ‘Solace’ As Pic Escapes Relativity Orbit

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate’s Grindstone Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights for Solace, the Afonso Poyart-directed psychological thriller that stars Westworld‘s Anthony Hopkins, The Walking Dead‘s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Colin Farrell. Lionsgate Premiere will release the film in theaters and on demand on December 16, 2016. The film has already generated $24 million in international box office but it was stalled in the U.S., one of several hobbled by the bankruptcy woes of Relativity. Morgan plays FBI Special Agent Joe Merriwether. Unable to solve a series of homicides, he decides to enlist the help of his former colleague Dr. John Clancy (Hopkins), a retired physician with psychic powers. The reclusive Clancy, who shuttered his practice and retreated from the world following the death of his daughter and subsequent break-up of his marriage, wants nothing to do with the case. He soon changes his mind after seeing disturbingly violent visions of Joe’s partner, FBI Special Agent Katherine Cowles’s (Cornish) ultimate demise. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers put him on the trail of a suspect, Charles Ambrose (Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his abilities are no match against the extraordinary powers of this vicious murderer on a mission. Script was written by Sean Bailey & Ted Griffin. Beau Flynn produced with Thomas Augsberger, Tripp Vinson, Matthias Emcke, and Claudia Bluemhuber. Executive producers are Bailey, Jacob Pechenik, Gerd Schepers, and Anthony Hopkins. Wendy Jacobson and Adam Yoelin co-produced the film. Glen Basner and FilmNation handled international sales. The film was gap financed by Silver Reel and Venture Forth.

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