Latest news about Detour:

1/17/16 – Detour to premiere in theaters, OnDemand, on Amazon Video and iTunes on January 20, 2017!

1/16/17 – LA Times lists the premiere of Detour on Friday as an overly trusting law student allows a violent couple to play on his suspicions that his stepfather arranged the car crash that left his mother in a coma. With Tye Sheridan, Stephen Moyer, Emory Cohen, Bel Powley. Written and directed by Christopher Smith. Magnet Releasing

1/13/17 – Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 Glasgow Film Festival line-up will include Detour in it’s schedule.

5/14/16 – Per Deadline, Magnet Releasing, the genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, has acquired North American rights to Detour, the twisty new thriller from writer/director Christopher Smith, which world premiered last month at the Tribeca Film Festival. Detour stars Tye Sheridan (Mud, The Tree of Life), Emory Cohen (Brooklyn), and Bel Powley (Diary of a Teenage Girl) in a stylized noir tale about a college student whose attempts for revenge don’t go exactly as planned. Detour marks Smith’s third collaboration with Magnet.

Employing a split-narrative structure to tell this tale of deception and murder, Smith takes his audience on a thrill ride full of hairpin turns, where it’s never quite clear what or who can be trusted.

Detour was produced by Julie Baines of Dan Films and Jason Newmark of Newscope Films, together with Phil Hunt and Compton Ross. Head Gear Films provided production finance, and Bankside Films is handling international sales.

“We’ve been big fans of Christopher Smith for a long time, and we’re excited to work with him again on Detour,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Like its classic noir predecessors, the film keeps you guessing until the very end.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled that my film is being released by Magnet,” said Smith. “They did such a great job on both Severance and Black Death, and I’m really excited that we get to do it all over again with Detour.”

The deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Magnolia VP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden with CAA and Bankside Films on behalf of the filmmakers.

April 12, 2016 – per Bankside films

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Release date: 2016 at Tribeca Film Festival – In Theaters, on Demand and on Amazon – January 20, 2017
Official site: Bankside Films: Detour
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Director: Christopher Smith
Genre: Thriller
Film Locations: Llanharan in Wales, UK and at Pinewood Studios in Wales, UK
Plot Summary: “Law student and all round good guy, Harper, suspects that his scheming step-father, Vincent, is responsible for the car crash that sent his mother into a coma. Drowning his sorrows one evening in a seedy L.A whiskey bar, Harper is interrupted by a tough looking redneck called Johnny Ray who offers to “take care” of his step-dad for the cool sum of US$20,000. Angry, intent on revenge and fuelled by alcohol, Harper agrees to the deal and spends the rest of his evening downing shots with Johnny Ray.
What follows is a tense and deftly constructed noir thriller in which Harper’s story takes an unexpected detour, presenting the audience with two alternate versions of events with two very different outcomes. Did Harper really want to kill his step father and which road did he actually take?”So are they really going to drive that yellow car? Will it be a convertible or not? lol!The film is listed for a release in 2016.
  • Tye Sheridan … Harper
  • Bel Powley … Cherry
  • Stephen Moyer … Vincent
  • John Lynch … Frank
  • Gbenga Akinnagbe… Michael
  • Emory Cohen … Johnny Ray
  • Jenna Saras … MGV Barlady
  • Jared Abrahamson
  • Sibongile Mlambo… MGM Receptionist
  • Nick Boraine … Narrator / Lecturer
  • Reine Swart … Claire
  • Dylan Edy … Johnny’s Friend #2
  • Joe Vaz Joe Vaz … Barman
  • Daniel Fox … Officer Stanwyck
  • Francis Chouler … Las Vegas Policeman
  • Edwin Jay … Businessman
  • Michael Bundred … Avis Man
  • Sarah Lea
  • Julie Baines…producer
  • Hilary Davis…executive producer
  • Phil Hunt…producer
  • Stephen Kelliher…producer
  • Jason Newmark…producer
  • Teri-Lin Robertson…line producer
  • Compton Ross…producer
  • Elliot Ross…executive producer
  • Fenella Ross…executive producer
  • Jonathan Taylor…co-producer
Original Music:
  • Pablo Clements
  • James Griffith
  • Toydrum
Cinematography:  Christopher Ross
Editor: Kristina Hetherington
Casting: Colin Jones
Production Design:  Sharon Lomofsky
Art Direction:  n.a.
Set Decoration:  n.a.
Visual Effects  n.a.
Trivia This is the second film where Bel Powley co-stars with a cast member from HBO’s True Blood. In Diary of a Teenage Girl she worked with Alexander Skarsgård, and in Detour she works with Stephen Moyer.


via: EW  As befits a movie titled Detour, writer-director Christopher Smith took a circuitous route while plotting his neo-noir about a grieving law student with dark suspicions about his shady stepfather.

Speaking to EW at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, Smith said he initially drew inspiration from thrillers such as Disturbia (which is itself partly inspired by Rear Window) and Strangers on a Train.

“Before I knew it I’d come up with this split narrative, and then I had the twist,” said Smith, whose other credits include Black Death and Triangle. “I had this whole mathematical formula before I had any characters or story … and then I spent four years trying to think of what characters populate it.”

Those characters would come to include Harper, the naive protagonist played by Tye Sheridan; Johnny, a volatile grifter played by Emory Cohen; and Cherry, a stripper played by Bel Powley.

Watch the video above for more from Smith, Sheridan, and Cohen (sorry no Steve in this one):


Latest video trailer for the film’s release on January 20, 2017:



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