Drake Doremus’s Sundance Film Festival entry “Douchebag” has been acquired for U.S. distribution by Red Dragon, it was announced today. Founded in 2008 by entrepreneur investor Franck Dubarry, Red Dragon will partner on the project with former William Morris Independent head Cassian Elwes, along with Mark Urman, whose company, Paladin, will handle the film’s theatrical release and marketing. A September release is planned.
The film debuted in competition in Sundance, and marked the second feature for director , whose first film, “Spooner,” debuted in competition at the 2009 Slamdance Film Festival. “Douchebag” was produced by Jonathan Schwartz through his Super Crispy Entertainment shingle, along with Marius Markevicius. It follows two brothers whose reluctant reunion after years of estrangement takes them on a riotous pre-wedding road trip, and stars Andrew Dickler and Ben York Jones as the brothers.
“Drake and I are ecstatic to have Mark Urman and Franck Dubarry pushing this film and believing in it so much,” producer Schwartz said in a statement. “Mark has always had amazing taste, and we’ve seen his success in the past with Sundance films like ‘Half Nelson.’ It’s exciting to have people on board who share our enthusiasm for the genuine laughs and emotions that our beloved ‘Douchebag’ provides.”
“I am extremely excited to be teaming with Franck and Red Dragon, as well as Cassian, who brought us all together, in such an innovative distribution arrangement, which is only fitting given how fresh and original ‘Douchebag’ itself is,” Urman added. “Drake is a very accomplished filmmaker, wise beyond his years, and I think we are pretty wise ourselves for helping him further what will doubtless be a great career.”
The deal was negotiated by UTA’s Independent Film Group, which represented the film on behalf of the producers, along with attorney Lawrence Kopeikin of the firm Barnes Morris.