It seemed that The Yellow Handkerchief, director Udayan Prasad's indie road flick set and shot throughout the Louisiana countryside, was dead in the water. After debuting in early 2008 at Sundance to lukewarm reviews, the picture made the festival rounds. Despite starring Oscar-winner William Hurt, it failed to generate even a modest buzz and was passed on by studio after studio.
Then came Twilight, and new life. With the release of the first film in the ubiquitous vampire romance series, actress Kristen Stewart was catapulted to fame. But before she found fame playing Bella Swan, Stewart starred alongside Hurt in The Yellow Handkerchief. Now her newfound stardom has finally made this local indie film marketable.
Variety has reported that Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired the distribution rights to The Yellow Handkerchief, and are eyeing a fall or winter release. It’s a safe bet that its release will follow closely on the heels of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, the second installment in the teen juggernaut, which is set to open in November.
The Yellow Handkerchief, which details the travels of three strangers driving to Post-Katrina New Orleans, is not the first movie to be given a second chance after one of its actors had a sudden surge in notoriety. In 1985, for example, Teen Wolf, the abysmal Michael J. Fox project which had been shelved following production, was prepped for a release by the Atlantic Releasing Corporation because of all the positive hype surrounding Back to the Future.