The release window for the new comedic thriller He Went That Way has been announced.
The movie follows a real-life tale of a celebrity animal trainer Dave Pitts and his famous chimp Spanky as they venture across the US with their travelling entertainment show. On their travels they encounter a young serial killer named Larry Lee Ranes.
He Went That Way stars Zachary Quinto (Star Trek) as Jim Goodwin, a version of Pitts, and Jacob Elordi (Saltburn) as Bobby Falls, a killer based off of Ranes.
The pair will meet on Route 66 and have a fateful three day-encounter. ‘Luke Karamazov’ by Conrad Hilberry inspires the storyline, in addition to the real-life encounter of Pitts, who remained the sole survivor of Ranes’ killing spree.
The film was directed by Jeffrey Darling, who passed away in March 2022. He Went That Way marks the first and the last feature film from Darling.
Following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, it has been announced that it has picked up the film and it will be shown in theatres, early 2024.
In a statement following the acquisition, the producing team said they were “so thrilled by the audience response at Tribeca and delighted that Vertical will be bringing this story to theatres.
“It’s been an eighteen-year journey to bring this story to life and now stands as a legacy to our director, the late Jeffrey Darling, who passed away during post-production. Jacob and Zachary brought such an intensity and smart approach to the characters in a story steeped in instinct, infatuation, and incident.
“We were enthralled by Jacob and Zachary’s gritty chemistry when we watched the film at Tribeca and knew immediately this would be a story audiences would find captivating. We look forward to working with Mister Smith on another collaboration, as we did on The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry and The Hating Game, and building upon the success of He Went That Way together.”
He Went That Way will be released into cinemas in early 2024.