IFC Films hasteamed up with Hart Sharp Entertainment and come aboard as executive producerand domestic distributor on Patrick Stettner's The Night Listener, which has just wrapped production. Itstars Robin Williams and Toni Colette. Fortissimo Films is handling sales at Cannes.
A late 2005 festivalpremiere is anticipated on the Armistead Maupin adaptation, which chroniclesthe disturbing relationship that develops between a radio host and a troubledyoungster claiming to be his biggest fan.
Bobby Cannavale,Sandra Oh, Joe Morton and Rory Culkin also star. Maupin and Terry Andersonadapted the novel with Stettner.
John Hart,Jeffrey Sharp, Robert Kessel and Jill Footlick serve as producers, with Maupin,Anderson, Hart Sharp chief operating officer Michael Hogan, IFC Entertainmentpresident Jonathan Sehring and IFC's senior vice president of productions andacquisitions Caroline Kaplan serving as executive producers.
IFC's vicepresident of theatrical acquisitions Sarah Lash and Sehring negotiated the dealwith UTA and Hart Sharp's Hogan.
"The peopleinvolved with The Night Listener - both in front and behind the cameras - are so impressive, itwas an easy decision to climb on board," Sehring said in a statement.
"IFC has longbeen a fan of Patrick Stettner and have worked quite successfully with HartSharp in the past, we're confident this film will continue that winningstreak."
"This continuesthe successful collaboration we have enjoyed with IFC in the past," Hart added."Bringing them on as a creative and financial partner this early in the processis a huge bonus."
IFC acquired anddistributed Stettner's first film The Business Of Strangers, and served as executive producers andfinanciers with Hart Sharp on Boys Don't Cry.