Dave Chappelle's Block Party, a standup comedy movie directed by Michel Gondry,was the latest film to sell at Toronto today (Wed) with Rogue Picturesacquiring worldwide rights.
The deal marked the first acquisition for Rogue since it was expanded into the genre division of Universal Pictures run by David Linde. When it was formed as the sister company of Focus Features, Rogue picked up one film - Jet Li-starrer Unleashed.
Linde,Rogue president of production Andrew Rona and senior vice president ofacquisitions Jason Resnick closed the deal with Yari Film Group COO Neil Sackerand senior executive vice president Bill Immerman and Bob Yari as well as UTA;sDan Aloni, Richard Klubeck and Jeremy Barber.
The film, financed by Yari and produced byChappelle's Pilot Boy Productions, spotlights US TV star Chappelle in newfreestyle standup material and one-time-only performances by music stars KanyeWest, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, Jill Scott and The Roots among others.The performances were shot on location last year at a party thrown by Chappellein downtown Brooklyn.
Screened as a work in progress, the film wasenthusiastically received by audiences here in Toronto.
"Dave Chappelle's Block Party will offer moviegoers front-row seats at an amazingand unique experience," said Linde in a statement. "These performers are athrill to see and hear. We're delighted to be working with Michel again and ofcourse, Dave Chappelle; they are both true visionaries. Rogue is activelyseeking comedic material as part of our increased slate, so what better way tostart than with Dave'"
Rogue's other upcoming releases include horrorpicture Cry_Wolf, an untitledSarah Michelle Gellar supernatural thriller and Vondie Curtis Hall's urbanmovie Waist Deep.