Billy Bob Thornton and Robin Wright have signed on to star in Where All Light Tends To Go, a thriller to be directed by Ben Young (Hounds Of Love). Robert Knott (Appaloosa) has written the screenplay, which is based on the novel by David Joy.
The film will be set in the Appalachian Mountains, and revolves around a family dominated by a crime lord who controls his family and his business with his fists. But when his son meets the girl of his dreams and desperately yearns to escape the life he is expected to lead, he is forced to go head-to-head with the terrifying man who will stop at nothing to ensure loyalty from all of those around him.
The film will also star Hopper Penn, while Bankside Film will handle sales.
“Very rarely do words jump off the page as they did for me in Robert’s beautiful script,” Young said. “The opportunity to work on such well-crafted, thematically relevant material is an opportunity most filmmakers usually only dream of. I’m truly humbled to be bringing this story to life with such remarkable, nuanced performers as Billy, Robin and Hopper.”
Stephen Kelliher of Bankside Films said: “We were immediately excited by this thrilling tale of family ties and the need to break free. Ben Young is a remarkable filmmaker who has attracted an exceptional cast to bring this story to life and we cannot wait to share it with our international partners.”
Young’s Hounds Of Love was a dark but impressive thriller out of Australia a few years ago. If he can bring that same talent to the larger budget and bigger stars of Where All Light Tends To Go, Bankside could have a hit on their hands. Production on the film is scheduled to begin in November.