Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s comedy “I Love You Philip Morris” — starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as prison lovers — was the most anticipated screening at Sundance this year. Many smaller buyers were waiting for it to sell, hoping it would break a logjam. Then it screened. Variety’s Peter Debruge gave it a good review (not great). HR’s Duane Byrge seemed blithely non-committal. Weeks turned into months. No word. The bang became the whimper.
Yet a Facebook mass email perked our interest today:
If you plan on attending the pre-release screening of I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS on April 25 that YOU MUST EMAIL YOUR FULL NAME…
Pre-release? Does the Facebook NYU alum group know something that other entertainment journos have been pondering since January (including iW and The Wrap?)
On The Wrap, Eric Kohn wrote:
According to producer Andrew Lazar, it is no longer on the market and the production company plans to announce a theatrical deal “very soon.”
We emailed the NYU rep, who replied:
“I believe that it is Fox, but I’m not quite sure.”
It’s not. So we keep waiting.