Goldwyn Films Takes Viola Davis-Jennifer Lopez Revenge Tale

Viola Davis Oscars 2014 - H 2015
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Viola Davis Oscars 2014 - H 2015

The film, directed by Charles Stone III, centers on two female vigilantes.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to Charles Stone III’s Lila & Eve, starring Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez. A 2015 theatrical release is planned.

The film, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, stars Davis as a mother whose son has been killed in a drive-by shooting incident. She joins forces with another woman (Lopez), who has also lost a child, in order to avenge her son’s death. The film also stars Shea Whigham, Chris Chalk and Andre Royo.

The film is a Lifetime Films presentation of an A+E Studios, ChickFlick and JuVee production. Stone III directed from Pat Gilfillan’s screenplay. It was produced by Sara Risher and Darrin Reed. Executive producers include Davis, Julius Tennon, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez, Molly Thompson and Damian Ganczewski.

“Both Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez deliver raw and searing performances as empowered female vigilantes struggling with grief and the need for revenge. We feel this film will play remarkably well to broad audiences and are looking forward to the opportunity to release it,” said Goldwyn Films’ Peter Goldwyn.

The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente, VP and general counsel of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and CAA, repping the filmmakers. Panorama Media presented the film to international buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.