Samuel Goldwyn picks up 'Handkerchief'

Road drama stars William Hurt, Maria Bello

Samuel Goldwyn has picked up Sundance pic "The Yellow Handkerchief."

Udayan Prasad directed and Arthur Cohn produced the road drama, which stars William Hurt, Maria Bello and Kristen Stewart as three strangers who embark on a road trip in post-Katrina Louisiana in a bid to assuage their own loneliness. The film debuted last year in Park City. The company plans to release it in the fall or winter.

Pete Hamill wrote the short story on which "Handkerchief" is based.

Prasad directed the U.K.-set religious drama "My Son the Fanatic." Cohn is the veteran producer who counts such pics as "Central Station," "American Dream" and "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" among his credits.

Goldwyn president Meyer Gottlieb called "Handkerchief" a "richly told and beautifully complex love story (that will) resonate across all audiences."

Gottlieb negotiated on behalf of the distrib, while Cohn negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.