The Duplass Brothers' "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon" has been acquired by Red Flag Releasing and Fox Searchlight, it was announced today.
Red Flag Releasing will handle theatrical distribution and Fox Searchlight will handle ancillary markets. The film will premiere at SXSW next week, and will be released theatrically this June.
Full press release reprinted below:
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES and RED FLAG RELEASING ACQUIRE THE DUPLASS BROTHERS “THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON”
“THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON” To Open Theatrically in North America June 2012
Los Angeles – March 7, 2012 – Fox Searchlight Pictures and Red Flag Releasing announced today that they have acquired THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON, written and directed by Jay & Mark Duplass, produced by Stephanie Langhoff, and starring Steve Zissis, Mark Kelly, and Jennifer Lafleur. Red Flag Releasing will handle theatrical distribution and Fox Searchlight Pictures will handle all other ancillary markets. The film will have its World Premiere at the 2012 SXSW Film Festival in Austin on Sunday, March 11th at 6:30pm. The film will open theatrically in June 2012.
THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON is the hilarious story of two grown brothers who rekindle their uber-competitive childhood sporting event, The Do-Deca-Pentathlon, over a weekend family reunion in order to finally determine the ultimate winner. When the rest of the family is disrupted by the fierce competition of their unfinished business, the brothers must hide their efforts in order to complete the event… once and for all.
“Almost 20 years ago, Fox Searchlight redefined how the world came to see independent film. Now, on the brink of the digital revolution, we couldn’t be happier to partner with them on their new initiative with Red Flag to further redefine how to get smaller, innovative films out into the world,” say Jay and Mark Duplass.
“We formed a great relationship with Jay and Mark on CYRUS and are excited to be partnering with them again,” said Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula.
“We’ve wanted to work with Mark and Jay for a long time, and are thrilled to be distributing THE DO-DECA-PENTATHLON, which is vintage Duplass,” said RFR’s Paul Federbush.
Jay and Mark Duplass wrote and directed the upcoming JEFF WHO LIVES AT HOME, starring Jason Segel, Ed Helms, and Susan Sarandon, the 2010 poignant Sundance hit CYRUS as well as BAGHEAD (2008) and THE PUFFY CHAIR (2005), which helped define the mumblecore genre and won the Emerging Vision Award at the SXSW Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by Josh Braun of Submarine on behalf of the filmmakers, Paul Federbush on behalf of Red Flag, and Executive Vice President of Worldwide Acquisitions Tony Safford on behalf of Fox Searchlight Pictures.
About Red Flag Releasing
Red Flag Releasing (RFR) is an independent film distribution company formed by Paul Federbush and Laura Kim, and NY-based producer Ron Stein. Red Flag’s releases include the upcoming #REGENERATION, THE GREEN WAVE and HIGH GROUND as well as past releases NORWEGIAN WOOD, WE WERE HERE and 8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION.
About Fox Searchlight Pictures
Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and its films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a unit of Fox Entertainment Group.