Bleecker Street announced it has secured North American distribution rights to writer/director Elizabeth Chomko's family drama, What They Had, starring Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster and Taissa Farmiga. The film was produced by Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks and Andrew Duncan.
From first-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko, What They Had centers on a family in crisis. Bridget (Swank) returns home to Chicago at her brother's (Shannon) urging to deal with her mother's (Danner) Alzheimer's and her father's (Forster) reluctance to let go of their life together.
What They Had is a Nicholl-winning screenplay. Production recently wrapped in Chicago and Los Angeles. The film will be released in 2018.
"I was incredibly moved by Elizabeth's story of a family working through their collective issues and the heartache of dealing with a loved one affected by Alzheimer's, said Andrew Karpen, CEO of Bleecker Street. "We know audiences will relate to the characters' love, compassion and humor in dealing with each other.
"Making this film has been a true labor of love for me, my creative team and the magnificent cast, said writer/director Elizabeth Chomko. "I could not be more delighted to include Bleecker Street among our family and have this film be part of theirs.
Hilary Swank is an executive producer along with Wayne Godfrey, Robert Jones, Sefton Fincham, Levi Sheck and Mike Rowe.
The deal was negotiated between Kent Sanderson of Bleecker Street with Avy Eschenasy on behalf of Bleecker Street and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers. Chomko is repped by ICM Partners, Michelle Knudsen of MXN Entertainment and Tara Kole of Gang Tyer Ramer & Brown.