Samuel Goldwyn Acquires U.S. Rights to Afghan War Thriller 'Hyena Road'

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

The Canadians-in-Afghanistan drama by writer-director Paul Gross, which premiered in Toronto, will receive a 2016 release.

Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up the U.S. rights to the Canadian indie war thriller Hyena Road, by director Paul Gross.

Samuel Goldwyn plans a 2016 release for the film about Canadian troops fighting the war in Afghanistan after it debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Hyena Road follows three men caught up in modern warfare — an intelligence officer (Gross) overseeing construction of a supply road in Taliban territory, a sniper, played by Rossif Sutherland, and a local Afghan warrior who has left war behind, but gets pulled back into battle to settle a personal score.

The film's cast includes Christine Horne, Allan Hawco and Clark Johnson. "I was very impressed by Paul’s work here — as a writer-director-star. Not only did he deliver quite a performance, he also realistically depicted the bravery of troops serving, and very beautifully illustrated the many uncertainties of war," Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films said Monday in a statement.

Gross wrote and directed Hyena Road, while also producing with Niv Fichman. The film is executive produced by Victor Loewy, Frank Siracusa, Mirwais Alizai, Aaron L. Gilbert and Jason Cloth.

Hyena Road is a Rhombus Media and Triple 7 Films production, in association with Buffalo Gal Pictures. WTFilms is handling international sales.

The U.S. deal was negotiated by Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films, Tristen Tuckfield of CAA, and by Fichman and Jordan Nahmias for the filmmakers.