Samuel Goldwyn Films and Eammon Films are partnering for distribution of James Sadwith’s coming-of-age drama “Coming Through the Rye,” starring Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper as JD Salinger.
Eammon Films will handle the theatrical release, which launches Oct. 14 in more than 20 markets. Samuel Goldwyn Films will distribute across all ancillaries.
The film is based on the true story of Sadwith’s journey as a high school boy looking to meet the reclusive Salinger.
Set in 1969, Wolff portrays a 16-year-old outcast at his new boarding school who finds solace in Salinger’s “The Catcher In The Rye” and decides to adapt the novel into a play but not before seeking approval from Salinger himself. He runs away with a local girl, played by Stefania Owen, to search for the author.
Sadwith directed from his own script and produced with Stan Erdreich and Teddy Grennan. Executive producers are Jeff Steen and Alexandra Woodward.
The film screened last year at the Austin Film Festival, where Cooper was honored, and has screened at several other festivals. Rob Lynch of Eammon Films said, “Jim has produced a gem of a film that is obviously very personal to him.”
Sadwith is a veteran TV director who won an Emmy for the miniseries “Sinatra.” Wolff is portraying Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev in Lionsgate- CBS Films’ “Patriots Day.” Cooper will be seen in Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night,” set for a Jan. 13 release.
The distribution deal was negotiated by Rob Lynch of Eammon Films and Linda Lichter on behalf of the filmmaker and Melanie Miller on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Black Label Media is in post-production on the Salinger biopic “Rebel in the Rye,” starring Nicholas Hoult as Salinger.