Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to Far Hills Pictures, Stick N Stone Productions and Corner Store Entertainment’s romantic comedy Barry Munday.
Chris D’Arienzo’s dirctorial debut stars an ensemble cast that includes Patrick Wilson, Judy Greer, Cybill Shepherd, Malcolm McDowell, Chloe Sevigny and Colin Hanks.
Stone Douglass and Matthew Weaver produced the film, which premiered at SXSW and centres on a philanderer called Munday who loses his testicles following a confrontation with the irate father of one of his conquests.
When he is subsequently hit with a paternity suit filed by a woman he can’t remember sleeping with, Munday starts to own up to his responsibilities. Billy Dee Williams, Shea Whigham, and Jean Smart round out the key cast.
Magnolia will release the film as part of its Ultra VOD programme, debuting on VOD platforms nationwide on August 27 followed by a platform theatrical release on October 1.
Magnolia senior vice-president Tom Quinn and vice-president of acquisitions Dori Begley negotiated the deal with WME Global and Traction Media.
“Barry Munday is a smart, likable comedy with a terrific cast,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said. “Chris D’Arienzo is definitely a talent to watch.”
“We are thrilled to be partners with Magnolia,” Far Hills Pictures’ Douglass said. “They are the perfect home to bring this unique film to audiences.”
Far Hills Pictures’ upcoming films include the documentary King Of The B’s: The Independent Life Of Roger Corman.” This year Far Hills will begin production on The Secret Life Of Adrian Mole to be directed by Clare Kilner and featuring Vanessa Redgrave and Michael Gambon. The pipeline includes Babylon to be directed by Andi Baiz and to star Paul Giamatti and Anthony Mackie.