Sameul Goldwyn Films has picked up Austin Film Festival opener, "Exporting Raymond" by writer/director by Philip Rosenthal. Under the pact, Goldwyn will handle U.S. theatrical rights and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions will handle ancillary rights.
Peter Goldwyn, Goldwyn's VP of Acquisitions negotiated the deal with Sony and the filmmakers. The distributor is targeting a second quarter 2011 release.
Told with humor, the film is the true story of two time Emmy winner Phil Rosenthal, creator of the hit TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond," as he attempts to help the Russians translate "Raymond" into a Russian sitcom. When Rosenthal joins forces with Hollywood studio Sony Pictures Television to recreate his show for Russian TV audiences as "Everybody Loves Kostya," he finds himself lost in Moscow, lost in his mission and "lost in translation."
"Phil has done a terrific job capturing a pulp culture phenomenon that his fans, fans of the show and anyone looking to laugh out loud will enjoy," commented Meyter Gottlieb, president of Samuel Goldwyn Films in a statement. "We are thrilled to be in business with him, John and Sony."