LD Entertainment and Roadside Attractions have teamed up on their 11th collaboration for the U.S. theatrical release of Thor Freudenthal’s WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS, based on Julia Walton’s YA novel. This partnership follows their success on 2019’s Oscar-winning JUDY and precedes their September release of the Sundance Film Festival hit THE GLORIAS. It will be the first theatrical release for either company since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The film will be released on August 7, 2020 nationwide.
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS tells the story of Adam (Charlie Plummer), who appears to be your typical young adult – a little unkempt with raging hormones and excited about a future pursuing his dream of becoming a chef. Expelled halfway through his senior year, Adam is diagnosed with a mental illness that he keeps secret at his new school. Living in constant fear of being exposed, Adam finds a soulful, comforting connection in Maya (Taylor Russell), an outspoken and fiercely intelligent girl who inspires him to open his heart and not be defined by his condition. With the love and support of his newfound romance and family, Adam is hopeful for the very first time that he can see the light and triumph over the challenges that lie ahead. The film also stars Andy Garcia, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devin Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, with Molly Parker and Walton Goggins.
LD Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon commented, “We are extremely proud to be telling this timely story about finding connectedness in the people who lift us up and accept us for who we are. We love this movie, beautifully adapted from Julia Walton’s YA novel, with magnetic chemistry between Charlie Plummer and Taylor Russell that will be remembered for years to come. We were thrilled to have The Chainsmokers come on board after they connected with the story, and their original score brings a deeply personal and elevated touch. We shared the finished film with our friends at Roadside Attractions to see if it was time to get back to business. We both agreed it was and have committed to the August 7th release date!”
Roadside Attractions’ Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff stated, “It’s an emotional film that appeals to the YA audience. And that audience is the demo that will return first to theatres. So, when LD Entertainment came to us to discuss releasing the film theatrically in less than two months’ time, we were up for the challenge. Under the right conditions, moviegoers have indicated their desire to return to the theatres in July. Exhibition has listened and committed the resources to ensure a safe experience. At this specific point in time, we have hit the Trifecta — a great film, a great partnership and great industry indicators. No one can predict the future, but we are all-in to make it a success in this current environment.”
WORDS ON BATHROOM WALLS is directed by Thor Freudenthal (Amazon’s “CARNIVAL ROW,” PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS, DIARY OF A WIMPY KID) from a script by Nick Naveda based on Julia Walton’s novel of the same name, published by Random House Books for Young Readers. The film stars Charlie Plummer, Andy Garcia, Taylor Russell, AnnaSophia Robb, Beth Grant, Devin Bostick, Lobo Sebastian, with Molly Parker and Walton Goggins. Produced by Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon and Thor Freudenthal, the executive producers are Jennifer Monroe, Scott Holroyd, Alison Semenza King, Michael Glassman, and Kick the Habit Productions’ Alexander Pall, Andrew Taggart, Adam Alpert, and Dan Marcus. The original score was composed by The Chainsmokers (their first!) and Andrew Hollander.