By Jay A. Fernandez | Indiewire August 24, 2012 at 3:53PM
Magnet Releasing added to its fall slate Friday when it closed a deal to take North American rights to Todd Rohal’s comedy “Nature Calls.” The genre arm of Magnolia Pictures plans a VOD release October 4 followed by a theatrical opening November 9.
Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Patrice O’Neal, Maura Tierney and Darrell Hammond star in the story of a Scoutmaster’s combative relationship with his brother and their escalating struggle for the hearts and minds of an apathetic Scout troop. Lisa Muskat produced the project; David Gordon Green, David Bausch, Michael Clark and John Hodges are executive producers.
“Nature Calls” had its world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in March.
“‘Nature Calls’ holds its own with the best low-brow comedy classics,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “Well directed with a truly funny cast, this is going to be a late-night favorite for years to come.”
Magnet/Magnolia acquisitions exec Dori Begley negotiated the deal with Cinetic Media and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.
Earlier in the week, Magnet acquired worldwide rights to Don Coscarelli’s “John Dies at the End,” which will screen in the Midnight Madness sidebar at the Toronto International Film Festival before receiving a VOD release in December and a theatrical release in early 2013. Magnet recently released “Goon,” “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” and “The Innkeepers.”