MGMhas bought North American rights to Michael Ian Black's romantic comedy ThePleasure of Your Company, whichreceived its world premiere in Toronto recently.
This is MGM's second acquisition in two weeks as it seeks toexpand its own slate. The company moved in on Werner Herzog's Vietnam POW dramaRescue Dawn shortlybefore Toronto kicked off.
GreeneStreet Films financed The Pleasure Of Your Company and produced with Fugitive Films. JasonBiggs plays a disillusioned man who accepts a bet from his friends to propose tothe next girl he meets (Isla Fisher). Edward Herrmann and Joe Pantoliano alsostar. GreeneStreet co-founder and president John Penotti produced with Sam Hoffmanand Fugitive's Jamie Gordon and Courtney Potts. GreeneStreet co-founder FisherStevens, Bruna Papandrea and Tim Williams served as executive producers.
"Black is an extremely gifted writer-director who has createda romantic comedy with which many can relate," MGM's chief operating officerRick Sands said. "It is films like this which we will continue to acquireas we work to broaden MGM's slate of films."
"After considering several opportunities, we feelthat MGM's commitment to a wide release demonstrates their understanding of thefilm's commercial viability and mainstream appeal," Penotti said. "Weare thrilled to be in business with them."
MGM's executivevice president of business affairs Jonathan Bader negotiated the deal with CAA.