Saban Films has acquired the dramatic film The Yellow Birds starring Alden Ehrenreich. The film’s based on the novel by Kevin Powers and was adapted for the screen by David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto, with Alexandre Moors (Blue Caprice) directing. Saban’s targeting a Spring 2018 theatrical release.
In addition to Ehrenreich (soon to be seen playing the young Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story), The Yellow Birds cast includes Tye Sheridan (Mud), Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine), Jason Patric (Wayward Pines), Jack Huston (American Hustle), and Jennifer Aniston (Office Christmas Party, Cake). Jennifer Aniston, Kristin Hahn, Scott Karol, Wayne Marc Godfrey, and Robert Jones executive produced. Cinelou Films’ Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton and Story Mining & Supply Company’s Jeff Sharp produced.
The war drama premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it captured the Special Jury Prize for Best Cinematography.
“Alexandre’s style is so unique, he has created a visual chef-d’oeuvre with The Yellow Birds,” stated Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “The performances are emotional and revelatory of those directly impacted by the tolls of war. We’re honored to bring this film to wider audiences.”
“Following its success at last year’s Sundance Film Festival where it received a Special Jury Award, it was paramount to us that The Yellow Birds and its profound message reach a wider audience. Saban’s dynamic team of professionals and their enthusiasm for the film makes them the ideal companion for Cinelou. There’s a great synergy between the two companies and a meaningful film at the center of it that we are all very excited about,” added Cinelou Films’ Mark Canton and Courtney Solomon.
The Plot: The Yellow Birds follows two young soldiers, Bartle (Ehrenreich) and Murph (Sheridan), who navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is haunted by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment.