by Mark Rabinowitz
PolyGram Films has purchased the distribution rights to the
yet-to-shoot film "Arlington Road", a thriller by Ehren Kruger. Helmer Mark
Pellington, who made a splash at the 1997 Sundance film festival with the
Lakeshore Entertainment-produced "Going All the Way", is set to direct. The
pic is to star Tim Robbins, Jeff Bridges and Joan Cusack, and features
Robbins and Cusack as the Hunts, a married couple living next door to
Bridges, whose wife was killed in an FBI raid. When Bridges starts to
suspect that the Hunts are not the normal married couple that they seem to
be, it is not clear as to whether this is a result of paranoia or the
uncovering of a deadly plot. The pic is set to be produced by Tom Gorai
("Going All the Way") and Peter and Marc Samuelson ("Wilde") and executive
produced by Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg, Joni Sighvatsson and Ted Tannenbaum.
PolyGram has acquired the North American, U.K., Irish, German, Swiss,
Austrian, French and Benelux rights, with all remaining rights still to be
sold by Lakeshore International.
Lakeshore has two films at this year's Sundance film festival: Theresa
Connelly's "Polish Wedding", which stars Lena Olin, Clare Danes and Gabriel
Byrne and Tom DiCillo's "The Real Blonde", starring Matthew Modine,
Catherine Keener and Daryl Hannah.