Focus Features has set production on Let Him Go, a suspense thriller with a cast led by Academy-Award winner Kevin Costner and Academy-Award nominee Diane Lane.
Thomas Bezucha (The Family Stone) is set to direct the screenplay he wrote based on the novel of the same name by Larry Watson. Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan of The Mazur Kaplan Company will produce alongside Thomas Bezucha. Kimi Armstrong Stein, Jeffrey Lampert, Kevin Costner, and Rod Lake will executive produce. Production is set to start this spring. Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide. Josh McLaughlin, Focus Features president of production, will oversee the film.
Following the loss of their son, retired sheriff George Blackledge (Kevin Costner) and his wife Margaret (Diane Lane) leave their Montana ranch to rescue their young grandson from the clutches of a dangerous family living off the grid in the Dakotas, headed by matriarch Blanche Weboy. When they discover the Weboys have no intention of letting the child go, George and Margaret are left with no choice but to fight for their family.
Kevin Costner is a two-time Academy-Award and Golden Globe winner (Dances with Wolves) and an Emmy Golden Globe and SAG Award winner (Hatfields & McCoys). Lane is an Academy-Award (Unfaithful), Golden Globe (Under the Tuscan Sun) and Emmy (Cinema Verite and Lonesome Dove) nominee. Lane recently co-starred in the final season of House of Cards and will star in the upcoming series Y: The Last Man. Both Lane and Costner are repped by WME. Book is repped by Janklow & Nesbit.
Focus Features acquires and produces specialty films for the global market, and holds a library of iconic movies from fearless filmmakers. Current and upcoming domestic releases from Focus include Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman; Won't You Be My Neighbor?, director Morgan Neville's documentary on Mister Rogers; On the Basis of Sex, the real-life drama of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg starring Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer; Asghar Farhadi's Spanish-language drama Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz; Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre's directorial debut The Mustang; Jim Jarmusch's zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die with Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Chloë Sevigny, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Selena Gomez; Neil Jordan's thriller Greta starring Isabelle Huppert and Chloë Grace Moretz; Harriet about the iconic freedom fighter Harriet Tubman starring Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and directed by Kasi Lemmons; and the anticipated Downtown Abbey movie starring the entire original cast. Universal Pictures International has led distribution in select markets for titles including BlacKkKlansman; The Dead Don't Die; Harriet, Downtown Abbey, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Greta, Everybody Knows (Todos Lo Saben) and The Mustang.