Paramount will open The Marc Pease Experience on a contractually minimal ten-market release outside of New York and L.A. on August 21, sources close to the movie confirm. Todd Louiso’s orphaned indie film starring Ben Stiller and Jason Schartzman is a casualty of the demise of Vantage–and the departure of ex-Vantage chief John Lesher. “Their business model changed completely,” said one source. “They have no specialty marketing division. The company doesn’t exist.”
UPDATE: Paramount called back. “We’re screening it for review and releasing it in ten markets. We’ll see where to go from there,” said spokeswoman Megan Colligan. “It’s a very small art-house release with the possibility of growing it.” If the comedy grabs solid reviews and business, Paramount could move it into more costly markets like New York and L.A.
Paramount is releasing the final two Vantage titles much wider: the Neal Brennan comedy The Goods (which Entourage star Jeremy Piven was hawking on Conan the other night) goes out on 1800 screens this weekend. And the Pastor brothers horror virus flick Carriers opens September 4 on 100 screens, ten screens in ten markets, Colligan said: “We’ll concentrate these releases and see if we can get something going on it.”