"Wonderful World," the directorial debut of "Darkman" writer Josh Goldin, has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures for North American release. The film - which stars Matthew Broderick and is produced by Ambush Entertainment - will be released on VOD platforms one month prior to its theatrical release as part of Magnolia's Ultra VOD program, aiming for a theatrical release in early 2010.
"Josh Goldin is a talented screenwriter and judging by his first feature has real directorial chops," said Magnolia's Eamonn Bowles in a statement. "Matthew Broderick is great as always - we're pleased to add 'Wonderful World' to Magnolia's slate."
"World" stars Broderick as Ben - a failed children's folk singer and less-than-extraordinary weekend dad. Deeply cynical, Ben's sole pleasure in life is derived from chess games with his Senegalese roommate Ibou. When Ibou is suddenly struck ill and an insensitive municipal employee exacerbates the emergency situation, Ben's pessimistic worldview seems unequivocally confirmed. But when Ibou's sister Khadi takes his place in their apartment, what starts as an awkward living arrangement becomes something more, and Ben finds that cynicism may be all a matter of perspective.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia's Senior Vice President Tom Quinn and Head of Business Affairs Chris Matson, and by CAA on behalf of the producers.