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Tommy Lee Jones' Cannes Hit 'The Homesman' Becomes Saban Films' First Acquisition

6/17/2014

By Jordan Zakarin
TheWrap

Tommy Lee Jones' new film about the western frontier will help lead the way into uncharted territory for Saban Films.

"The Homesman," which stars Hillary Swank as woman who tries to stake out independence on her homestead — she's tough and efficient — but still has to deal with the strict gender roles of the day. It earned strong reviews when it premiered earlier this week in Cannes, which along with its strong supporting — including Hailee Steinfeld, James Spader and Meryl Streep — earned it the proper admiration from Saban Films president Bill Bromiley and his team.

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Saban will release the film in theaters later this year.

Jones directed the film from a script he co-wrote based on a novel by Glendon Swarthout, creating a semi-meta western that focuses on the country's mistreatment of women and Native Americans. Writing for TheWrap, Sasha Stone praised the film, writing, "Half funny, the other half stark and tragic, the film shows that Jones has become a formidable director as he explores a topic that is clearly close to his own heart."

Of the acquisition, Haim Saban said, "We are honored to have such a prestigious and beautifully crafted film as the first project to launch Saban Films."

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