Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Well Go USA has acquired North American rights childto Child Of God, the James Franco-directed adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel. The film will be released in 10 cities August 1, and a VOD/DVD rollout will follow October 28. Franco wrote the script with Vince Jolivette. Jolivette, Franco’s Rabbit Bandini partner, produced with Caroline Aragorn.

childsScott Haze stars as Lester Ballad, a dispossessed, violent man who tries to exist outside of the social order. Deprived of parents and housing, his loneliness and despair relegates him to the level of a cave dweller and he falls deeper into crime and degradation in a small town at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Tennessee in the 1960s. Can he retain any level of humanity as his isolation from society becomes more extreme? Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack and Franco also star.

“This film stands shoulder-to-shoulder with No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood for its unrelenting intensity,” said Well Go’s Doris Pfardrescher. “Scott Haze’s performance is exceptional. There are no words to describe it. It simply must be seen.”

Franco’s repped by CAA, and Haze by ICM and Thruline. Here’s the trailer: