A sequel to the 2001 cult comedy hit “Super Troopers” could begin shooting as early as this year, according to Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, two-fifths of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe.
Broken Lizard, formed at New York's Colgate University in 1990, has written and starred in such films as “Super Troopers,” “Club Dread” and “Beerfest,” all of which member Jay Chandrasekhar directed.
“Super Troopers,” which stars the quintet as a group of lovable, degenerate cops working in Vermont near the Canadian border, grossed $23 million at the box office for Fox Searchlight. Made on a shoestring budget, it alienated many with its crude humor but endures among a young adult crowd.
There have been rumors and discussion of a sequel for years, but Heffernan and Lemme told the website GuySpeed.com this week that it may happen as soon as this year.
“We wrote the script and handed it in to Fox, and now we’re just negotiating the time and the place and hopefully shoot it some time this year. I have to start growing my mustache now,” Heffernan said.
Fox and representatives for various members of the group did not immediately respond to TheWrap's calls for comment.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American distribution rights to “A Band Called Death,” Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino’s documentary about the titular proto-punk band. Formed in 1971 by a trio of teenage brothers in Detroit, Death was one of the first punk bands, predating the likes of the Clash and The Ramones.
It disbanded after years of struggling to make a living, only to experience a revival as people rediscovered the band’s music 30 years later.
The film, which premiered last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival, will screen at March’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Drafthouse, the film distribution arm of the Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse Cinema chain, will release it in theaters and on VOD this summer.
“Howlett and Covino’s film rewrites punk history and also transforms a better-than-fiction music story into a moving, emotional story,” Evan Husney, Drafthouse's creative director, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be introducing the legacy of Death to audiences around the country.”
Haven Entertainment’s Matthew Perniciaro and Kevin Mann produced, with Jerry Ferrara and OGB Inc.’s Scott Mosier. Cinetic Media’s Linzee Troubh negotiated the deal on behalf of the producers with Drafthouse’s James Emanuel Shapiro.
Michael Haneke's drama "Amour" cleaned up at the Cesar Awards in Paris on Friday, taking home numerous top honors including Best Movie, while Ben Affleck's "Argo" took home Best Foreign Language Film.
In all, "Amour" took five awards — Best Movie; Best Director and Best Original Screenplay honors for Haneke, and Best Actress and Best Actor awards for Emmanuelle Riva and Jean-Louis Trintignant, respectively.
Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone" also racked up a number of awards, including Best Male Newcomer for Matthias Schoenaerts, Best Adapted Screenplay for Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain, Best Original Soundtrack for Alexandre Desplat, and Best Editing for Juliette Welfling.
"Waterworld" star Kevin Costner took home the Honorary Cesar award.
Relativity Media has moved up its animated film “Turkeys” by a year and will release it Nov. 1, multiple individuals close to the project told TheWrap. In addition, Amy Poehler has joined the voice cast for the film, which Relativity and Reel FX are co-producing and co-financing, TheWrap has learned.
The movie had been scheduled to debut Nov. 14, 2014, but Relativity and Reel FX made the aggressive scheduling move based on early footage, according to two of those individuals. Development on the project began in June 2009 and physical production began in January 2011.
Poehler, who joins Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson, will voice the female lead.
Executives at the studio met about the film this week, weighing the challenges the move will pose to the filmmaking, marketing, sponsorship and merchandising teams with the opportunity to seize this Thanksgiving's family market.
DreamWorks Animation recently moved “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” from Nov. 1 to March 2014, opening the door for kid-friendly fare before the Nov. 22 opening of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Most of the other movies scheduled for October and November will cater to more mature audiences, spanning genres like science fiction ("Gravity," "Ender's Game"), horror ("Paranormal Activity 5," "Carrie") and action ("Malavita," "Thor: The Dark World").
Jeffrey Katzenberg's animation house has released a movie in the fall for eight of the last nine years, but its new distribution partner, Fox, moved "Peabody" to March, a month when the studio has had prior success with the "Ice Age" franchise.
DreamWorks Animation had a costly miss last November with “Rise of the Guardians,” which grossed $301 million at the box office — a healthy sum, but not enough to cover costs. The company is expected to take a hefty write-down as a result in its upcoming fourth quarter earnings.
Reel FX, the Dallas-based animation and visual effects studio behind “Turkeys,” actually sold “Guardians” to DWA five years ago.
“Turkeys” features the voices of Wilson and Harrelson as two spunky birds that take a time machine back to the first Thanksgiving. They want to expunge turkeys from Thanksgiving's culinary tradition. Lesley Nicol of "Downton Abbey," George Takei of "Star Trek" fame, Keith David and Colm Meaney have also been cast. Dan Fogler was already lending his voice.
Jimmy Hayward is directing the film from a script by Craig Mazin, David I. Stern, John J. Strauss.
"A Place at the Table," a documentary produced by Participant Media and distributed by Magnolia Pictures, will do more than just explain America's hunger crisis. The movie's opening-weekend ticket and digital sales will provide food for children affected by it.
Plum Organics has partnered with the two film companies behind the doc, as well as the Perseus Books Group, to donate one organic "Super Smoothie" pouch to a baby or toddler in need for every ticket, online download and copy of the companion book or e-book purchased March 1-3.
Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush directed the documentary, which follows three people struggling with food insecurity in America. It includes interviews with Academy Award-winning actor Jeff Bridges and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio.
“At Plum, we believe each and every little one in our country deserves to be nourished to his or her full potential,” Neil Grimmer, CEO of the organic baby-food producer said. “'A Place at the Table' illustrates how we as a nation are falling short on this basic commitment to our children. We're excited to provide people with the opportunity to take one action against food insecurity by helping us donate a Super Smoothie to a baby or toddler in need."
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Roadside Attractions has acquired domestic distribution rights to “In a World,” the directorial debut of actress Lake Bell that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has taken the international rights.
Bell also wrote the movie and won Sundance’s Waldo Salt Screen Writing Award for her script. Past winners of that award include Christopher Nolan for "Memento" and Noah Baumbach for "The Squid and the Whale."
The tale immerses the viewer in the world of movie trailer voice-over artists, as Carol (Bell) competes against a series of men to voice the new trailer of a blockbuster trilogy. The trailers are known for their catchphrase, "In a world…"
Ken Marino and Rob Corddry, Bell's co-stars in Adult Swim’s “Children’s Hospital," star in the movie, as does Fred Melamed.
“In a world where everyone loves a good laugh, Lake’s film represents the introduction of a major new comedic voice — a 21st Century Carole Lombard,” Howard Cohen, co-president of Roadside, said in a statement. “We think audiences around the country are going to love it as much as we and the audiences at Sundance did.”
Roadside, which was an aggressive buyer at the Toronto Film Festival, stayed out of the fray for most of Sundance. Cohen made this deal with UTA and plans a summer 2013 release. A troika of Sony executives negotiated on the studio's behalf.
Eddie Vaisman and Mark Roberts of 3311 Productions produced "In a World" alongside Jett Steiger and Bell. 3311's Sean O'Grady and Ross Jacobson executive produced.