Hostiles: Scott Cooper’s Western, Starring Chrisian Bale, Finds Distribution but Fails to Find Audiences

Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to “Hostiles,” starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike.

The distributor plans an awards season release in December before expanding to wide release in January.

Directed by Scott Cooper from his own script, the film had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Fest, screened at the Toronto International Film Fest, and is scheduled to open the Rome Film Fest at the end of this month.

ESMP acquired the movie from producer Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment.

The film, set in 1892, stars Bale as a captain who agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief (Wes Studi) and his family back home to tribal lands. The journey takes Bale and his detail from New Mexico to the grasslands of Montana.

Along the way they pick up a young widow (Pike), whose family has been murdered on the plains by hostile Comanche natives. Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Ben Foster, Jonathan Majors and Timothee Chalamet also star.

“Hostiles,” based upon an original manuscript by the late Donald Stewart, was produced by Scott Cooper, Ken Kao, John Lesher, and executive produced by Will Weiske.