The Terrence Malick-produced film about a boy who would grow up to be the man widely considered America’s greatest presidents was first seen by the world at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Today Amplify announced it has acquired all U.S. rights to The Better Angels. The film from first time writer-director A.J. Edwards will get a fall theatrical release later this year. That will be followed by a VOD and home video release early next year. Better Angels, which also played in Berlin earlier this year, chronicles big changes in the the family life of young Abraham Lincoln over a three-year span in in the harsh Indiana wilderness. The film also focuses on two women who shaped his life, his mother Nancy, played by Brit Marling, , and his step mother Sarah, Diane Kruger, who raised him for a while after Nancy died. The film also stars Jason Clarke as Abe’s father and Wes Bentley. Edwards worked Malick on The New World as an editor and a second unit director on The Tree Of Life and the upcoming Knights Of Cups. Malick produced Better Angels with Jake DeVito, Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil. Jason Krigfeld, Joseph Krigsfeld, Suzanne Deal Booth and Antoine Douaihy were the EPs. The deal announced today was put together by Cinetic Media and Alan Sacks & Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC on behalf of the filmmakers and Kent Sanderson on behalf of Amplify.
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