Blackway is the first theatrical release from Electric Entertainment, the independent film and television production company headed by veteran producer Dean Devlin. Originally titled Go With Me, the feature, which had its debut at last year’s Venice Film Festival, was co-financed and produced by Electric.
Set in the Pacific Northwest, Blackway follows a logger (Anthony Hopkins) grieving over the loss of his daughter. As he deals with that, he comes to the aid of a young woman (Julia Stiles) who is being harassed by a local crime lord, and helps hunt down her stalker (Ray Liotta).
“The film is a really good, old-school thriller,” said Zac Reeder who joined the company as Head of Domestic Distribution in February. “The cast is the biggest selling point and they cover all the quadrants.” Reeder said the company plans to release films it produces as well as acquires, with new roll-outs coming between once per quarter and once per month.
Electric is expecting Blackway to have a significant presence on-demand. “I think it’ll play for a week or two in theaters, but will have most of its life on VOD,” said Reeder. “Because of its [cast] I think people will buy on impulse. It’s a very commercial movie.” Theatrically, Blackway will open in 11 cities Friday in the U.S. It will also go to an additional 10-20 locations in Canada as part of its day and date bow. “We’re excited for our first release,” he added. “We’ve had a great team on this. It was always [Dean Delvin’s] dream to both produce and release film.”
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