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Reservation Road Shooting This Fall Starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo

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August 16, 2006

It was announced today that the two studios Focus Features and Random House Films will partner on the upcoming film Reservation Road directed by Terry George and starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo, adapted from a novel by the same name published by Random House, Inc.

Reservation Road will begin production this fall, marking the inaugural movie to be made in the filmmaking partnership between Focus Features and Random House Films that was first announced last November.

Based on the novel of the same name by John Burnham Schwartz, Reservation Road will be directed by Terry George, whose most recent film was the three-time Academy Award-nominated Hotel Rwanda. The screenplay is by Mr. Schwartz, with revisions by Mr. George. Reservation Road will star two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo.

Nick Wechsler will produce Reservation Road, with Volume One's Dean Levitt and Gina Resnick executive-producing. Focus Creative Executive David Gerson will oversee the project for Focus President of Production John Lyons. Mr. Gethers will oversee the project for Random House Films.

The drama revolves around two fathers whose families and lives tragically converge with the death of a child. In the aftermath, Ethan (to be played by Mr. Phoenix) and Dwight (Mr. Ruffalo) each react in unexpected ways as their families struggle to cope and an emotional reckoning looms.

In the multi-year deal announced last November between the publisher and Focus Features, the companies will develop movies together and co-finance and co-produce a substantial slate of feature films for theatrical release, all based on books published by Random House imprints in North America and internationally. Random House Films and Focus jointly acquire film rights for the books and partner together on script development, director selection, all phases of production, and marketing and publicity. Films co-produced by Focus with Random House Films will be jointly owned, with Focus holding worldwide distribution and sales rights.

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