Samuel Goldwyn Films and Eammon Films have teamed to distribute writer-director James Sadwith’s indie “Coming Through The Rye,” a coming-of-age film based on his own experience as a high schooler looking to meet the reclusive author J.D. Salinger.
The film, set in 1969, stars Alex Wolff (“Patriots Day”), Stefania Owen (“All We Had”) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper.
Eammon Films will handle the theatrical release, which begins rolling out on Oct. 14, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will distribute the film across all ancillaries.
Wolff stars as a 16-year-old outcast at his new boarding school who finds comfort in Salinger’s classic novel “The Catcher in the Rye.” He decides to adapt the book into a play and seeks the approval of Salinger himself, running away with a local girl (Owen) to seek out the press-shy writer (Cooper).
The film was produced by Sadwith along with Stan Erdreich and Teddy Grennan. Jeff Steen and Alexandra Woodward served as executive producers.
Sadwith is a longtime veteran of TV who won the Emmy for Best Direction with the miniseries “Sinatra.” In addition he has twice been a DGA Award finalist and once a finalist for the Humanitas Award.
“Jim has produced a gem of a film that is obviously very personal to him,” Rob Lynch of Eammon Films said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be working with him and Samuel Goldwyn Films in bringing it to theaters across the country.”
The deal was negotiated by Lynch of Eammon Films and Linda Lichter on behalf of the filmmaker and Melanie Miller on behalf of Samuel Goldwyn Films.