About the Script
The director discovered ARLINGTON ROAD during a lengthy search
with producing partner Tom Gorai for a follow-up project after
their first feature Going All the Way. "We were looking for
a film that would broaden Mark's commercial exposure while still
exploring his unique sensibility. We read many, many scripts before
we found that perfect combination in ARLINGTON ROAD," recalls
Brothers and producing partners Peter and Marc Samuelson had optioned
ARLINGTON ROAD and were looking for a director who could best
execute the suspenseful tone and plot twists of the script. They
first approached Pellington after seeing Going All the Way, his
music video work and his PBS documentary "Father's Daze."
Pellington committed to the film and was attached as director,
and Tom Gorai joined forces with the Samuelsons as producers on
"Mark's work was compelling, and his filmmaking style absolutely
suited this script," recalls Samuelson. "He has an ability
to convey an edgy, paranoid feel that we knew was necessary for
After reading the script, Pellington said he knew he had an affinity
for this "smartly constructed thriller with dark tones that
dealt with contemporary, socio-political subject matter at the
Probing that dark socio-political undercurrent is what motivated
Kruger. "I wanted to write something that dealt with this
new fear driving some people today," he explains. "We
don't have external enemies in America the way previous generations
did, so the enemies come from within. Many have gravitated toward
the ranks of domestic terrorists and political extremists. They
believe they are patriots-revolutionaries just like the first
Americans who fought against the British-needing to destroy the
oppressor so they can repair or replace the U.S. government."
Kruger's research found some public sentiment changing for the
worse during the past decade. "Ten years ago only a few people
would have sympathy for such terrorists. But as more and more
people feel powerless," he continues, "there's this
growing segment of the population that sees the extremists as
not so extreme after all. And that's what's frightening to me...
especially if they turn up in your backyard."
Robbins agrees about the film's socio-political implications.
"There's an element of society that believes in violent retribution.
And then there are those who are frustrated and losing faith fast.
The fact that so few people vote isn't apathy, it's an active
choice. It's a political statement. It's a protest."
These overarching-and controversial-political themes were crucial
to Lakeshore's interest in the project.
"This was exactly the kind of project we were looking for...
a strong script that deals intelligently with relevant social
issues and doesn't flinch when things get rough," notes Lakeshore's
Chief Executive Officer Tom Rosenberg. Lakeshore and Pellington
seemed a natural match not only because of the material, but because
Lakeshore had worked with Pellington on Going All The Way.
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