Lionsgate has picked up the indie thriller, Tenderness from GreeneStreet Films.

The film stars Russell Crowe, Laura Dern, Jon Foster, and Sophie Traub; it's directed by John Polson and written by Emil Stern, and based on the novel by Robert Cormier. The Hollywood Reporter says the film centers on a teenager (Traub) who becomes enthralled with a serial killer (Foster). Crowe will play a local cop who has been following the killer for years.

Tenderness will hit theaters in late 2007.