Ethan Hawke SXSW Drama ‘Adopt a Highway’ Acquired by RLJE Films

Directorial debut of actor Logan Marshall-Green to open in theaters and on VOD Nov. 1

Adopt a Highway Ethan Hawke
RLJE Films

RLJE Films has picked up the North American rights to the Ethan Hawke drama from Blumhouse Productions, “Adopt a Highway,” the distributor announced Wednesday.

The film is the directorial debut of actor Logan Marshall-Green that premiered at SXSW earlier this year in the Narrative Spotlight section of the festival. RLJE Films will release “Adopt a Highway” in theaters, VOD and on digital on Nov. 1.

“Adopt a Highway” stars Hawke as an ex-con who must learn to navigate the modern world while coming to terms with his own life, all while caring for an abandoned baby he finds in a dumpster. Marshall-Green both wrote and directed the drama that co-stars Elaine Hendrix, Diane Gaeta, Betty Gabriel, Mo McRae, Chris Sullivan, Nate Mooney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Loni Love and Anne-Marie Johnson.

“We were blown away by Ethan Hawke’s incredible performance in ‘Adopt a Highway,’” Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer for RLJE Films, said in a statement. “Logan Marshall-Green’s directorial debut shows he is a filmmaker to watch and we could not be more thrilled to be bringing this emotional and timely film to audiences.”

Hawke also produced “Adopt a Highway” along with Jason Blum, Ryan Hawke, Greg Gilreath, Adam Hendricks and John Lang. The movie additionally features music and songs by Grammy winner Jason Isbell of the band Drive By Truckers and his own solo work along with The 400 Unit.

The deal was negotiated by Ward and Jess De Leo for RLJE Films and Nate Bolotin from XYZ Films and ICM Partners on behalf of Blumhouse.