U.S. rights to Udayan Prasad's "The Yellow Handkerchief" have been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films, the company announced Thursday. Produced by six time Academy Award winner Arthur Cohn ("One Day in September"), the film stars Academy Award winner William Hurt, Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello, "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne ("The Good Shepherd"). The film is loosely based on a short story by renowned writer Pete Hamill.
Samuel Goldwyn Films president Meyer Gottlieb negotiated the deal with Cohn. The distributor has tentative plans for an autumn 2009 or winter 2010 release.
The film, which screened in the Premieres section of the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, focuses on three strangers of two generations bound by loneliness who reach out to one another for companionship. After embarking on a road trip through post Katrina Louisiana, their relationships forge and change in a myriad of ways, leading to the possibility of second chances.
"'The Yellow Handkerchief' is a richly told and beautifully complex love story with exceptional performances by William Hurt, Maria Bello, Kristen Stewart and Eddie Redmayne," commented Gottlieb in a statement. "We feel privileged to work with Arthur on this wonderful film which will resonate across all audiences."