RLJE Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the film noir drama Galveston, which premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and has just been announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Based on the novel “Galveston” by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto, the film was directed by Mélanie Laurent (Breathe), and stars Ben Foster (Hell or High Water), Elle Fanning (The Beguiled), Lili Reinhart (Riverdale), and Beau Bridges (Homeland). Tyler Davidson (Take Shelter) produced the film, with his company Low Spark Films providing sole financing and production services. RLJE Films plans to release Galveston in theaters this Fall.


"Elle Fanning and Ben Foster deliver powerful performances in this provoking drama," said Mark Ward Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE. "Their chemistry captures audiences on a gripping, emotional ride. We are so proud to bring this film to the big screen."

For fans of film noir, Galveston is what is called a "roman noir", meaning a film noir told largely from the perspective of the perpetrator, victim, or suspect as opposed to the private eye.

In Galveston, Roy is a heavy-drinking criminal enforcer and mob hit man whose boss set him up in a double-cross scheme. After killing his would-be assassins before they could kill him, Roy discovers Rocky, a young woman being held captive, and reluctantly takes her with him on his escape. Determined to find safety and sanctuary in Galveston, Roy must find a way to stop his boss from pursuing them while trying to out-run the demons from his and Rocky's pasts.


Galveston was executive produced by Jean Doumanian (Everyone Says I Love You), Patrick Daly (August: Osage County), Kevin Flanigan (Take Shelter), Dexter Braff (The Kings of Summer), and Sean Thomas O'Brien (My Blind Brother).

Stay tuned to The 405 for more on Galveston as we hear it.