Cannes 2012: Adrian Lyne's 'Back Roads' Finally Gets Financing (Exclusive)

Adrian Lyne Headshot - P 2012
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Adrian Lyne Headshot - P 2012

RCR is backing the steamy thriller, which returns Lyne to the director's chair for the first time in a decade.

Adrian Lyne has found financing for his long-gestating big-screen adaptation of Back Roads.

RCR Media Group is coming aboard to back the steamy thriller, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Tawni O’Dell.

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Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment is handling foreign rights to the film. While Hyde Park isn’t selling the project at the Marche du Film in Cannes, Back Roads is included in its materials. Back Roads also is touted on RCR’s website.

Paradigm’s independent film group represents RCR and arranged financing with producers Michael Ohoven, Dan Spilo and Rui Costa Reis. Eliad Jospehson and Ricardo Costa Reis are executive producing.

Back Roads will return Lyne to the director’s chair for the first time since Unfaithful in 2002. Lyne – the filmmaker behind hits including Fatal Attraction, Indecent Proposal and Flashdance – has been pursuing Back Roads for several years, but the project could never get off the ground.

Set in Pennsylvania’s mining country, Back Roads tells the story of 20-year-old Harley Altmyer, who has to care for his three sisters after his mother is convicted of killing his abusive father. He commences a sultry affair with a married mother of two, but soon becomes the lead suspect in a murder.

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Andrew Garfield was attached to star in the movie but fell off due to his commitments to the Spider-Man franchise. Insiders say a number of high-profile actresses are interested in joining the cast.

RCR’s slate also includes 2012 Sundance entry For Ellen and writer-director Todd Robinson’s Phantom, starring Ed Harris, David Duchovny and William Fichtner. The film is in Cannes screening for foreign buyers.

Lyne, represented by WME, also has an eye on directing The Associate for Paramount.