By Brian Brooks | Indiewire September 16, 2011 at 11:46AM
North American rights to director Julian Farino's "The Oranges" have been nabbed by ATO PIctures, the company said Friday night. The Toronto '11 title starring Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester will have an "aggressive platform release" beginning in 2012."
Full acquisition release follows:
NY based ATO PICTURES proudly announced today that it has acquired all North American rights to THE ORANGES, one of the most buzzed about Toronto titles directed by Julian Farino making his feature film debut.
Hugh Laurie, Catherine Keener, Oliver Platt, Allison Janney, Alia Shawkat, Adam Brody and Leighton Meester star.
David and Paige Ostroff (Laurie and Keener) and Terry and Cathy Walling (Platt and Janney) are best friends and neighbors living on Orange Drive in suburban New Jersey. Their comfortable existence goes awry when prodigal daughter Nina Ostroff (Meester), newly broken up with her fiancé Ethan (Sam Rosen), returns home for Thanksgiving after a five-year absence. Rather than developing an interest in Toby Walling (Brody), the successful son of her neighbors which would please both families, it’s her parents' best friend David who captures Nina’s attention. When the connection between Nina and David becomes undeniable, everyone’s lives are thrown into upheaval, particularly Vanessa Walling’s (Shawkat), Nina's childhood best friend. It’s not long before the ramifications of the affair begin to work on all of the family members in unexpected and hilarious ways, leading everyone to reassess what it means to be happy and how sometimes what looks like a disaster, turns out to be the one thing we need the most.
ATO has slated an aggressive platform release commencing in 2012.
Produced by Olympus Pictures’ Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech and Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman, THE ORANGES was written by Ian Helfer and Jay Reiss.
According to ATO’s co-founders Johnathan Dorfman and Temple Fennell: “We love this film! Julian has done a terrific job directing a dream cast in what we think is going to be one of the biggest crowd pleasers of 2012.”
Urdang and Bregman go on to say, "ATO pursued THE ORANGES with immense passion, creative thinking and a willingness to commit significant resources towards the release -- in other words, they came to us with exactly what we were looking for when we brought the film to Toronto. We are very much looking forward to working with this strong and independent company."
Sarah Lash, ATO’s Head of Acquisitions negotiated the deal with CAA who brokered it on behalf of Olympus, Likely Story and Jay Reiss.
ATO Pictures currently has the Sundance hit TERRI starring John C. Reilly in release. Additional titles on the company's slate include: THE WOMAN IN THE FIFTH (October 21st) starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas which premiered at TIFF last week, THIN ICE (2012) starring Greg Kinnear, Billy Crudup and Alan Arkin which the company acquired out of Sundance and THE MONK (2012), Dominik Moll’s gothic thriller starring Vincent Cassel.
Olympus Pictures was founded by Leslie Urdang and Dean Vanech in 2007 to develop, finance and produce films at all budget levels. Currently Olympus has Mike Mills' film BEGINNERS starring Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer and Melanie Laurent in release with Focus Features. Among other recent productions are ADAM starring Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne and Peter Gallagher released by Fox Searchlight and the Academy Award nominated RABBIT HOLE starring Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. Its production MR PIP starring Hugh Laurie and written and directed by Academy Award winner Andrew Adamson has just wrapped principal photography. Olympus is about to start principal photography on: THANKS FOR SHARING with Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins alongside Class 5 Films and SOMETHING IN THE WATER starring Academy Award winner Melissa Leo and written and directed by Enid Zentellis. Olympus Pictures is part of Olympus Holdings, LLC.
Likely Story is a New York-based production company founded by Anthony Bregman in October 2006. Their latest movie, “Our Idiot Brother” starring Paul Rudd is currently in theaters nationwide. The company recently wrapped production on “Lay the Favorite” starring Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall, and Catherine Zeta-Jones, directed by Stephen Frears and written by D.V. DeVincentis. Likely Story is currently in post-production on the Lawrence Kasdan-directed “Darling Companion,” which was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. In 2010, the company premiered Nicole Holofcener’s “Please Give” and Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s “The Extra Man” at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. “Please Give” was released in April 2010 by Sony Pictures Classics and “The Extra Man” was released in July 2010 by Magnolia Pictures. The company recently signed a first look deal with graphic novel and comic book publisher Tom Shelf Productions. Additional Likely Story productions include Charlie Kaufman’s directorial debut “Synecdoche, New York” (Sony Pictures Classics), Alex Rivera’s "Sleep Dealer" (Maya Releasing), and David and Alex Pastor's "Carriers" (Paramount Vantage). Bregman’s previous producing credits include “Friends with Money,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “Lovely & Amazing,” "Thumbsucker," “The Tao of Steve,” “The Savages,” “Trick,” “The Ice Storm,” “The Brothers McMullen," and "Human Nature."