Screenwriter W. Peter Iliff (Point Break, Patriot Games) will make his directorial debut with the project, which will center around a young anthropology student who pines for a traditional ceremony to mark entry into manhood. He leads his partying classmates to his older brother's ranch, where he lives a drug-addled life filled with guilt and ancient Indian rituals. Christian Slater will play the older brother, with Wes Bentley playing his meth-addicted friend. Here's what W. Peter Iliff had to say about Rites of Passage:
"The stressed-out, hard-partying hook-up student culture I see today stirs up a lifestyle reminiscent of the decline and fall of Western civilization. When I decided to make the transition to directing, I wrote a script that was location specific, made a little iMovie, and used it as a vehicle to attract independent investors. And it worked."
Production will start this week with Mark Canton producing alongside Jonathan Sachar, David Hopwood and W.D. Johnson.