A24 and DIRECTV have picked up U.S. rights to Matt Shakman's feature directorial debut, thriller "Cut Bank," which premiered at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and will show before international audiences later this year in Toronto.
Shakman's best known for his directorial work on the series "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," although he's also helmed episodes of "House M.D.," "Brothers & Sisters," "Psych" and "Fargo."
"Cut Bank," written by Robert Patino ("Sons of Anarchy"), stars "Hunger Games" regular Liam Hemsworth as a high school athlete and auto mechanic who dreams of leaving his small Montana town along with his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer). John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael Stuhlbarg and Oliver Platt also star.
A24 and DIRECTV plan a 2015 theatrical release for the film. This isn't the duo's first partnership--they teamed together on "Enemy," starring Jake Gyllenhaal, as well as Aubrey Plaza-starrer "Life After Beth."
Kilburn Media and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation financed the film, which was shot in Alberta. Entertainment One Films International is doing international sales, and will distribute in Canada.