By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire August 26, 2010 at 5:57AM
Originally screened at the Sundance Film Festival back in 2009, Glenn Ficarra and John Requa's (co-writers of "Bad Santa") long delayed "I Love You Phillip Morris," will finally make its way to North American theaters this winter through Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment, who are also behind the recent acquisition of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s "Biutiful."
Starring Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor as a gay couple, the film was scheduled to be released back in February via its original distributor, Consolidated Pictures Group, but never made its way to U.S. audiences, after nixed release dates in March, April and August. Roadside and Liddell are planning a December 3rd release.
After dividing critics at Sundance, "Morris" won raves abroad following a subsequent Cannes debut and then its European theatrical release earlier this year. The film is based on the non-fiction book, by former Houston Chronicle investigate reporter Steve McViker, that chronicles the journey of a spectacularly charismatic con man, who finds himself in prison and escapes on four different occasions - all in the name of love.
"Audiences who know this is from the creators of 'Bad Santa' will be thrilled that it’s as outrageous as they’d expect,” said Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment in a statement.
"Jim and Ewan once again prove themselves to be among the rare group of A-list actors who take the risks, embrace them and wildly succeed,” added Howard Cohen, Co-President of Roadside Attractions. "This is a film that everyone has been talking about, and we’re thrilled it became available again, as we had been in hot pursuit of it at Sundance and were disappointed it was one that got away."
The deal negotiated by Cohen and attorney Greg Bernstein on behalf of Roadside Attractions and Liddell, and attorney Robert Darwell of Shephard Mullin on behalf of Liddell Entertainment.