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TIFF: IFC Picks Up Super-Hero Spoof Super, Starring Rainn Wilson

TIFF: IFC Picks Up Super-Hero Spoof Super, Starring Rainn Wilson

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IFC has acquired U.S. rights to writer-director James Gunn’s super-hero spoof Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. I saw footage from this at Comic-Con; it looked like a comedic version of Kick-Ass (which topped out at $48 million in wide release). But then IFC has a different economic model. After the movie premiered Friday night, IFC nailed the deal Sunday morning after a grueling all-night auction. UPDATE: And paid $1 million for it, which is a lot for them.

IFC Films plans to release Super under its new IFC Midnight banner. 

Miranda Bailey produced and financed the film via Ambush Entertainment, along with Ted Hope (This is that).  Matthew Leutwyler of Ambush Entertainment and Rainn Wilson were executive producers. Hanway Films has sold the film in 15 foreign territories including: Italy (M2 Pictures), Australia (Village Roadshow), and Scandanavia (Svensk).

“This is exactly the kind of film we want the IFC Midnight brand to be associated with,” stated Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment.

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IFC paid seven-figure to acquire “Super”(big amount for IFC’s standard)

Btw, “Kick-Ass” actually did well in wide release; it is Lionsgate’s $15 million acquisition that grossed $48 million theatrically.

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