Theatrical launch planned in autumn 2012.
Sundance thriller LUV has been acquired by The Indomina Group and BET Networks.
The film will get a North America theatrical release from Indomina, tentatively set for autumn 2012, followed by a broadcast premiere on BET, which has acquired television rights exclusively in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean, as well as certain ancillary rights on other platforms.
LUV is directed by Sheldon Candis and written by Candis and Justin Wilson. The film stars Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Lonette McKee and Michael Kenneth Williams.
The story is about a Baltimore orphan who reveres his uncle, a former drug dealer.
Indomina Vice Chairman and CEO Jasbinder Singh Mann said, “LUV is a highly engaging film with resounding performances from a brilliant cast. It has everything we look for in a film and we believe it will resonate with audiences.”
BET’s President of Original Programing, Loretha Jones, added “We’re excited to add LUV to the existing slate of films that constitute a significant part of our programming. It has an outstanding cast, and tells a compelling story that is not only entertaining, but relatable for the BET audience.”
“I’m delighted to have found such a great home with two forward thinking companies like Indomina and BET,” said Candis.
The film’s producers are Jason Michael Berman, W. Michael Jenson, Gordon Bijelonic, Datari Turner, Joel Newton, James R. Rosenthal, Common and Derek Dudley.
The deals were negotiated by Cinetic Media and ICM on behalf of the filmmakers; Senior Vice President of Distribution and Marketing, Bruce Kirkland, and Vice President of Acquisitions, Rob Williams on behalf of Indomina, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Darrell E. Walker on behalf of BET Networks.
International rights are being represented by Eric Christenson of Hollywood Studios International, with the film screening this week at the European Film Market.