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Saban Films has acquired North American rights to The Yellow Birds, with plans to release the film in the spring.
Alden Ehrenreich, Tye Sheridan, Jack Huston and Jennifer Aniston star in the Iraq War drama from director Alexandre Moors, who previously helmed the 2013 Sundance drama Blue Caprice.
Yellow Birds follows two young soldiers (Ehrenreich and Sheridan) as they navigate the terrors of the war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling (Huston). All the while, one is tortured by a promise he made to the other’s mother (Aniston) before their deployment. Toni Collette and Jason Patric also star.
Ain’t Them Body Saints and Pete’s Dragon helmer David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto adapted the story from the 2012 novel of the same name by Iraq War veteran Kevin Powers.
Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton produced the pic for Cinelou Films, along with Jeffrey Sharp. Aniston executive produced alongside Jim Kohlberg, Kristin Hahn, Scott Karol, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones and David Hopwood.
The Yellow Birds made its world premiere in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. WME negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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Sterling K. Brown