(news.yahoo.com) - Lionsgate has bought the rights to the Russell Crowe indie thriller "Tenderness," which is scheduled for release in late 2007.
The film centers on a teenager (Sophie Traub) who becomes enthralled with a serial killer (Jon Foster). Crowe will play a local cop who has been following the killer for years. Laura Dern co-stars. John Polson ("Swimfan") directs from an adaptation of the novel by Robert Cormier.
Lionsgate's deal with producer GreeneStreet Films covers North America, the U.K., Australia and South Africa.