By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire November 9, 2012 at 5:53PM
Cinedigm Entertainment Group has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to “Arthur Newman,” starring Colin Firth and Emily Blunt. The film, which had its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, will be released theatrically in mid-2013, followed by digital, DVD and TV rollouts.
Written by Becky Johnston ("Prince of Tides") and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Dante Ariola, “Arthur Newman” follows a divorced sad sack who fakes his own death, buys a new identity and falls in with an equally damaged woman looking for a new life.
Vertebra Film’s Mac Cappuccino and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver produced along with Alisa Tager and Johnston. Andy Cappuccino, Helen Cappuccino, Natalie G. Hill, James Holt, Lisa Bruce and Eric Greenfeld are executive producers.
“‘Arthur Newman’ is perfect for today's audiences, a deeply entertaining film highlighted by touching performances from Colin and Emily that bring real heart and soul to a powerful story of displacement, longing and, ultimately, redemption,” said Cinedigm Entertainment Group exec Vincent Scordino, who negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group, CAA and Greenfeld. “Moviegoers will leave the theatre moved and uplifted.”
Cinedigm Entertainment Group also picked up the Toronto films “Love, Marilyn” and “Come Out and Play.” Forthcoming releases include “Citadel,” “22 Bullets” and “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.”