Los Angeles-based Shoreline Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Black Gold – Struggle For The Niger Delta and Toronto-based Forward Motion has acquired all international rights.

Shoreline CEO Morris Ruskin described Black Gold as “a powerful and timely story told in an exciting way by director Jeta Amata.”

“The timeliness of this story is one of many reasons we’re going to premiere Black Gold in the Cannes market this year,” Forward Motion president Paco Alvarez said.

Based on true events in the volatile oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria, where part of the film was shot, Black Gold tells the story of a fictional unlikely hero: a Nigerian woman who stands up to unite warring factions and rallies the world to take notice.

This tale of greed, murder and corruption is played by a notable cast including Billy Zane, Mbong Amat, Vivica Fox, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Sarah Wayne Callies, Erick Roberts, Michael Madsen and Tom Sizemore.

The production deal with DeLaurentiis Productions brings together Amata and veteran filmmaker Suzanne DeLaurentiis. Amata is producing with Wilson Ebiye, Ori Ayonmike and Hosa Okunbo.

“It is a region where good and evil has been blurred by shady government officials, greedy oil companies and violent rebels fighting over the control of the scarce oil resources that run the world,” Amata, who also directed The Amazing Grace, said. “Now the people are seeking peaceful resolution to their grievances.”