Goldwyn Goes for “Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing”
by Eugene Hernandez
Randall Miller‘s “Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School,” a new film starring Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, Sean Astin, Donnie Wahlberg, and Danny DeVito, has been acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films. The company secured North American rights to the film that had its world premiere at Sundance this year. The company will release the film this summer.
Miller based the movie on a short that he made 15 years ago with his wife Jody Savin. It is the story of a man who enlists someone else to fulfill a journey to reconnect with a women he met 40 years earlier.
“Randy Miller has created a funny and heart-warming story about people searching for something,” said Samuel Goldwyn Jr. in a statement, “The superb cast represents something in all of us who have ever taken a risk in love. It will make audiences want to go out and take a ballroom dance lesson, or fall in love… or both.”
Miller and Savin produced the film with Morris Ruskin, and Eileen Craft. The executive producers are Art Klein, Ronald Savin, Eduardo Castro, Carlos Gidi, Kevin Reidy, Lon Bender, and Jeffrey Lampert. Co-Producers are Randi Hiller and Sarah Finn. Goldwyn president Meyer Gottlieb and head of acquisitions Peter Goldwyn negotiated the deal with CAA and Shoreline Entertainment, handling sales of of the film, for Miller and Savin.
Upcoming Golwdyn releases include Noah Baumbach‘s “The Squid and the Whale,” Marcos Siega‘s “Pretty Persuasion,” and Dave McKean‘s “Mirror Mask,” while the company is currently releasing Angela Robinson‘s “D.E.B.S.”