James Franco Starrer 'Burn Country' Goes to Samuel Goldwyn and Orion Pictures for U.S.

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The Afghanistan war drama, also known as 'The Fixer,' is set for a Dec. 9 theatrical and VOD release.

Samuel Goldwyn Films and Orion Pictures have picked up the Afghanistan war drama Burn Country, which stars James Franco and was directed by Ian Olds.

Goldwyn and Orion, the distribution arm of MGM, are planning on a Dec. 9 theatrical and VOD release for the indie, also known as The Fixer after it bowed at Tribeca. The film, written by Paul Felten and Olds, also stars Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, Rachel Brosnahan and Thomas Jay Ryan.

Burn Country follows the story of Osman (Rains), an Afghan journalist trying to make sense of a small California town while working as a local crime writer.

"Ian Olds' take on the crime thriller is utterly original and suspenseful. Dominic Rains is absolutely enthralling on screen. We are thrilled to be working with the filmmaking team to get this out into the world," Samuel Goldwyn Films president Peter Goldwyn said in a statement.

The film is produced by Caroline von Kuhn's ACE Productions, in association with Night and Day Pictures, RabbitBandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Pictures, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, RAA Ventures and Relic Pictures. The deal was negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers by CAA.

Mongrel International is selling the film internationally at the Toronto Film Festival.