By Steve Greene | Indiewire January 17, 2012 at 1:46PM
Millennium Entertainment announced that they have acquired the North American rights to Nicole Kassell’s latest film, “A Little Bit of Heaven.” The upcoming romantic dramedystars Gael Garcia Bernal as a doctor who helps his patient (Kate Hudson) overcome the anxieties of a committed relationship, while learning a little about love in the process.
Also rounding out an impressive cast is Kathy Bates, Whoopi Goldberg, Rosemarie DeWitt and Romany Malco. Excellent news, considering we could all use a little more Romany Malco in our lives.
The full, detailed release is reproduced below:
Millennium Entertainment’s CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired North American rights to the romantic drama/comedy A Little Bit of Heaven featuring an all star cast lead by Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson with Academy Award® winners Kathy Bates and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as Gael Garcia Bernal, Lucy Punch, Romany Malco, Rosemarie DeWitt, Steven Weber and Treat Williams. The film is directed by Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman) from an original screenplay by Gren Wells.
A Little Bit of Heaven is a romantic story set in New Orleans about an irreverent young woman who unexpectedly falls in love with her doctor. Marley Corbett (Hudson) is young, beautiful, and wildly funny, but she’s afraid of opening herself up to true love and commitment. Though she uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious, a life-changing visit to her doctor (Bernal) sends both of them on an eye-opening adventure of mutual discovery, leading to revelations neither thought possible.
“Kate delivers a powerful and sensitive performance, supported by an extremely talented cast,” said Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee. “This is a very special film that will speak to many people. We are thrilled to share A Little Bit of Heaven with audiences through a multitude of platforms.”
Millennium will utilize a multi-platform release through its thriving model. VOD will launch on April 3rd followed by a platform theatrical release on May 4th with ancillary to follow on June 12th.
“Based on the marketing and distribution plan that Bill Lee and his team presented, their passion for the film, and their past success utilizing the Premium VOD model, we felt that Millennium was the right distributor to handle A Little Bit of Heaven, which we all agree is a very special film."
The announcement comes hot off the heels of such high-profile acquisitions as RAMPART, BERNIE and INTRUDERS.
Vincent Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium Entertainment.
Led by CEO Bill Lee, Millennium Entertainment is a leading independent supplier that acquires and distributes feature films. Formed in 2010 and bolstered by a seasoned staff which includes marketing and distribution veterans Brooke Ford and Andy Gruenberg, to date the company has released director David Schwimmer’s Trust, starring Academy Award® nominees Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Viola Davis; Puncture, starring Chris Evans and Joel Schumacher’s thriller Trespass, starring Academy Award® winners Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman. Currently the company is deep in prepping the release of and the awards campaign for Oren Moverman’s Rampart, co-written by Moverman and acclaimed crime fiction writer James Ellroy, starring Woody Harrelson, Ben Foster, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, Steve Buscemi, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Ice Cube, Brie Larson, and Ned Beatty. In 2012 ME will distribute Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s (28 Weeks Later, the upcoming Highlander) haunting thriller Intruders starring Clive Owen and Carice Van Houten from a screenplay by Nicolás Casariego and Jaime Marques; Richard Linklater’s Bernie, co-written by Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater, starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey; and Little Birds, starring Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker, with Leslie Mann and Kate Bosworth.