Violet, Justine Bateman’s directorial feature debut that premiered at SXSW 2021 in March, has been bought by Relativity Media for North American distribution. Along with directing Violet, Bateman wrote the script.
Violet stars Olivia Munn (The Predator), Luke Bracey (Holidate), Justin Theroux (The Mosquito Coast), Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard), Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Erica Ash (Survivor’s Remorse), Rob Benedict (Supernatural), Dennis Boutsikaris (Better Call Saul), Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys), and Laura San Giacomo (Pretty Woman).
The story follows Violet Calder (Munn), who learns her life has been based on falsehoods following a casual comment from a friend. Violet begins to feel smothered by her past choices, unable to escape the new realization that her fear-based decisions have destroyed her romantic, professional, and personal life. Violet has no option but to unwind what she knows now to become her true self.
Bateman told Deadline, “Relativity Media is a perfect home for Violet. Relativity’s pedigree of films like The Fighter and Limitless, combined with its industry-leading management team at the newly-imagined Relativity, is the right combination to bring Violet to its audience.”
Lex Miron, CEO of Relativity Media, added: “Violet is a testament to Justine’s vision, creativity, and directorial excellence offering audiences a striking experience in theaters and at home. The film explores deep-rooted motivations and will ignite healthy, spirited conversation between friends, family, and colleagues.”
The film is expected to hit theaters later this year.