Lionsgate Tries Crowe's 'Tenderness'
Thriller will be released in late 2007
The independently financed flick from GreenStreet Films will get the Lionsgate touch in North America, the United Kingdom, Australian and South Africa when it opens in late 2007.
John Polson ("Hide and Seek") is directing "Tenderness," focuses on a teenage (Sophie Traub) who falls for a young man (Jon Foster) who may be a serial killer. Crowe plays a cop trying for years to prove the guy is a murder and trying to make charges stick before he kills again.
Laura Dern also co-stars in the film, which is based on the novel by Robert Cormier.
"'Tenderness' delivers an unbeatable combination of story, filmmakers and actors," rave Lionsgate bigwigs Tom Ortenberg and Peter Block. "The common denominator here is intensity: on the one hand, you have the heightened emotions of a young couple on the run, and on the other, the fierce resolve of the cop who is hard on their trail, trying to prevent disaster. John Polson, Russell Crowe, Jon Foster, Sophie Traub, and Laura Dern have given it their all -- which means that audiences can count on an incredibly gripping experience."
Lionsgate is now well and truly in the Russell Crowe business. In September the company acquired distribution rights for James Mangold's remake of "3:10 to Yuma," starring Crowe and Christian Bale.
Crowe's most recent film, "A Good Year," has taken in less than $7.5 million at the domestic box office.