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Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes North American Rights To Lifetime Films’ Gritty Drama ‘Lila And Eve’ Starring Viola Davis And Jennifer Lopez

Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez team up for the raw film "Lila And Eve" as female vigilantes struggling with grief and the need for revenge.

Samuel Goldwyn Films Takes North American Rights To Lifetime Films' Gritty Drama 'Lila And Eve' Starring Viola Davis And Jennifer Lopez - Lioness MagazineSamuel Goldwyn Films proudly announced that the company has acquired North American rights to Charles Stone III’s (“Drumline”) “Lila And Eve,” which premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  The female-driven drama stars Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, also acting as an executive producer on the film, and Golden Globe nominee Jennifer Lopez.  Davis and Lopez both first appeared on screen together with 1998’s “Out of Sight.” 

Goldwyn plans a 2015 release.

A bold and provocative take on justice and the morals of American society, “Lila And Eve” tells the story of Lila (Davis), a grief-stricken mother who in the aftermath of her son’s murder in a drive-by shooting attends a support group where she meets Eve (Lopez), who has lost her daughter.  When Lila hits numerous roadblocks from the police in bringing justice for her son’s slaying, Eve urges Lila to take matters into her own hands to track down her son’s killers.  The two women soon embark on a killing spree of their own, as they work to the top of the chain of drug dealers to avenge the murder of Lila’s son.  The motion picture also stars Shea Whigham, Julius Tennon, Chris Chalk and Andre Royo.

According to Peter Goldwyn of Samuel Goldwyn Films, “Both Viola Davis and Jennifer Lopez deliver raw and searing performances as empowered female vigilantes struggling with grief and the need for revenge.  We feel this film will play remarkably well to broad audiences and are looking forward to the opportunity to release it.”

Filmmaker Charles Stone III added: “For me, this was an opportunity to present a deeply emotional and psychological portrait that would defy the broad category of ‘vigilante film’ and have viewers honestly consider the heart breaking gravity of losing a son/daughter to murder.”

Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime, said, “Having partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films on “The Last of Robin Hood,” we are delighted to be working with them again on Lila and Eve.  Anchored by Viola Davis’ and Jennifer Lopez’s riveting performances, Charles Stone III has created a unique and unexpected dramatic thriller that speaks to our times.”

A Lifetime Films presentation of an A+E Studios, Chickflicks and JuVee Productions production, “Lila And Eve” was directed by Charles Stone III and written by Patrick Gilfillan.  It was produced by Sara Risher and Darrin Reed.  Executive producers include Viola Davis, Julius Tennon, Lisa Hamilton Daly, Rob Sharenow, Tanya Lopez, Molly Thompson, and Damian Ganczewski.

The deal was negotiated by Ian Puente, Vice President and General Counsel of Samuel Goldwyn Films, and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.  Panorama Media presented the film to international buyers at the European Film Market in Berlin.

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  • Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth. Funny how these grieving mothers believe taking somebody else’s life is going to take away the pain they feel for their own children. Apart from this, wonderful movie. It will probably receive many awful reviews, since many seem to believe Ms Lopez does some terrible acting and that Viola Davis is far too superior than her. Perhaps Lila and Eve will make you see her acting skills in a different way. Somewhat great plot twist. Nobody is the victim in this film, as nobody but nobody plays innocent. Everybody is doing something. It most likely isn’t something award winning, but certainly something to see. It teaches an important lesson. 10 out of 10, not for the ‘normal’ spectacular reasons, but because it is its own kind of spectacular. As others say; ‘A gem of a film’