Reservation Road will begin production this fall, marking the inaugural movie to be made in the filmmaking partnership between Focus Features and Random House Films that was first announced last November.

Based on the novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road will be directed by Terry George, whose most recent film was the three-time Academy Award-nominated Hotel Rwanda. The screenplay is by Mr. Schwartz, with revisions by Mr. George. Reservation Road will star two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo.

Mr. Schwartz' novel was published in hardcover in 1998 by Random House, Inc.'s Alfred A. Knopf imprint to critical acclaim. The Los Angeles Times praised it as "a dark and irresistible miracle: a heartbreaking thriller." The novel was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. The Vintage Books paperback edition was issued in 1999.

The drama revolves around two fathers whose families and lives tragically converge with the death of a child. In the aftermath, Ethan (to be played by Mr. Phoenix) and Dwight (Mr. Ruffalo) each react in unexpected ways as their families struggle to cope and an emotional reckoning looms.

James Schamus, CEO of Focus Features, said, "Reservation Road is a compelling story of character and chance. The quality and depth of the piece made it ideal for Focus Features and Random House Films. Terry George is the perfect filmmaker for this tale of the lure of revenge and the power of redemption."

Peter Gethers, President, Random House Films added, "We're thrilled that this will be the first project from our partnership to begin filming. The novel's strength and the excellence of the screenplay have attracted a superb director and two gifted actors, which is exactly what we hoped to accomplish in combining our source material with Focus' filmmaking abilities. We believe these elements will make for a powerful drama."