Touchstone Pictures' psychological thriller, DARK WATER, will now open on July 8, 2005, one month ahead of its previously scheduled release date. The film, starring Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, and helmed by acclaimed director Walter Salles (THE MOTORCYCLE DIARIES), is produced by Bill Mechanic, Roy Lee and Doug Davison. Based on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of THE RING, DARK WATER also stars Oscar nominees John C. Reilly, Tim Roth and Pete Postelthwaite, along with Dougray Scott and Camryn Manheim. Rafael Yglesias wrote the screenplay. Angelo Badalamenti (MULHOLLAND DRIVE, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT) composed the score.
Commenting on the announcement, Chuck Viane, president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, said, "After viewing a recent cut of DARK WATER, we were completely blown away by this amazing and powerful film. We felt that it had tremendous across-the-board appeal, and every potential to become one of the big summer films. A July release date seemed like the ideal time to reach the widest possible audience. This film stands apart from the competition, and Jennifer Connelly gives a terrific performance. It has an engaging and intelligent script, great direction, and performances that set it apart from most other films in this genre. Summer moviegoers from teens to adults are going to love DARK WATER and July 8 is the perfect playdate."
The film follows a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a mystery and protect her daughter. Dahlia Williams (Connelly) is starting a new life; newly separated with a new job and a new apartment. She's determined to put her relationship with her estranged husband behind her and devote herself to raising her daughter, Ceci. But when the strained separation disintegrates into a bitter custody battle, her situation takes a turn for the worse. Her new apartment dilapidated, cramped, and worn seems to take on a life of its own.