Manhattan Closes Deal for Campbell Scott's "Off the Map"
by Eugene Hernandez
Manhattan Pictures has closed a deal for Campbell Scott's 2003 Sundance debut, "Off The Map." The deal marks the second pact between producers Holedigger Films and the New York-based distribution company. Manhattan also previously acquired rights to Alan Rudolph's "The Secret Lives of Dentists," which Scott starred in and co-produced.
"Off The Map," which stars Joan Allen, won the top prize at the recent Taos Talking Pictures Festival, where Scott won the Maverick Award. The deal was closed during the fest. Also appearing in the film are Sam Elliott, J.K. Simmons, Jim True-Frost, Amy Brenneman, and Valentina de Angelis. It was written by Joan Ackerman and produced by Scott and Holedigger Films' president George Van Buskirk.
"I am thrilled Manhattan has acquired 'Off The Map,'" said Campbell Scott in a prepared statement. "It is especially gratifying now having been working with Paul and his team preparing for the release of 'The Secret Lives of Dentists.' 'Off The Map" is a special film for me and it requires the unique attention that only a group like Manhattan Pictures provides."
The film, as described in an announcement yesterday, "tells the tale of an IRS auditor coming to investigate why the Groden family hasn't filed their income tax return in years. Upon his arrival he is taken in and his life is transformed by the extraordinary family and the magical landscape." Other Holedigger productions include 2002's "Roger Dodger," which also starred Scott.