Tribeca: Saban Films to Acquire Adrien Brody's 'Backtrack'


Adrien Brody and Sam Neill star in Australian writer- director Michel Petroni's latest thriller. 

Troubled psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Brody) suffers from nightmares and delusions. When he realizes his patients are actually ghosts, Bowers goes back to his remote hometown to try and solve a decades-old mystery linked to his visions. 


The thriller is Saban's second acquisition at the 2015 festival.

Saban Films is in final negotiations for the U.S. rights to Backtrack, the thriller starring Adrien Brody that had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, in a seven-figure deal.

The film from director and writer Michael Petroni (The Rite) centers on a psychiatrist (Brody) tormented by nightmares and strange visions. He returns to his hometown when he learns his patients' horrifying secret and discovers the origin of his delusions.

"Backtrack is an unexpected and haunting psychological thriller. Michael Petroni is a great storyteller, and his film was a major standout in the Tribeca Film Festival," said Saban president Bill Bromiley in a statement.

Bromiley and Ness Saban are negotiating on behalf of the company with CAA and Bankside on behalf of the filmmakers. Jamie Hilton and Antonia Barnard produced with Petroni, with financing from Screen Australia, Head Gear, Screen NSW, Deluxe Australia and Metrol Technology.  

The acquisition, which includes a theatrical release, is Saban's second deal of the festival. On Tuesday the company picked up the Simon Pegg-Lake Bell romantic comedy Man Up days after its world premiere.

Saban was founded just prior to the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it picked up the Tommy Lee Jones-Hilary Swank Western The Homesman. The company's recent acquisitions include the romantic comedy How to Make Love Like An Englishman, with Jessica Alba and Pierce Brosnan, and the John Travolta thriller The Forger.