Magnolia Pictures’ genre label Magnet has picked up worldwide rights to Bobcat Goldthwait’s “God Bless America,” the company said at the Toronto International Film Festival. Starring Joel Murray and Tara Lynn Barr, the film debuted at TIFF in the Midnight Madness section.
Magnet Releasing will handle the film in North America; Magnet Intl. will handle the film’s foreign sales.
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The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to Bobcat Goldthwait’s outrageous killing-spree comedy GOD BLESS AMERICA, which premiered late last week in the Midnight Madness program at the Toronto Film Festival. Starring Joel Murray and Tara Lynn Barr, GOD BLESS AMERICA is a Darko Entertainment production written and directed by Goldthwait (Sleeping Dogs Lie, World’s Greatest Dad) and produced by Sean McKittrick and Jeff Culotta.
GOD BLESS AMERICA is the second collaboration between Goldthwait, Darko and Magnolia/Magnet, who released World’s Greatest Dad in 2009. Magnet is planning a 2012 theatrical release for GOD BLESS AMERICA through Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program. The film is Magnet’s second acquisition out of the Toronto Film Festival this year, having just picked up Michael Dowse’s raucous hockey comedy GOON.
Joel Murray gives a boldly comic and surprisingly empathetic performance as Frank, a divorced and depressed man who is becoming increasingly overwhelmed and infuriated by the rampant stupidity that surrounds him: his white trash neighbors, idiot co-workers, and most of all the soul-crushing banality and omnipresence of American pop culture. Loveless, jobless, possibly terminally ill, Frank has had enough of the downward spiral of America, and with nothing left to lose, he buys a gun. Joined by a 16 year old partner in crime (Barr), he sets out to off the stupidest, cruelest, and most repellent members of society,
“I’m a big fan of all of Bobcat’s films, and very excited to be collaborating with him again,” said Magnolia/Magnet President Eamonn Bowles. “GOD BLESS AMERICA is the revenge fantasy to end all revenge fantasies. It’s a brilliant skewering of all that’s despicable in American pop culture and it’s his funniest film to date.”
“I’m very excited to be working with Eamonn again,” said Goldthwait. “We share the same vision especially when it comes to whom should be getting shot in the face hypothetically.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnet by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson, with Cassian Elwes and Kevin Iwashina for Preferred Content. Magnolia International’s Laird Adamson is handling international sales of the film.