U.S. rights to Michael Cuesta’s “Roadie” have been picked up by Magnolia Pictures, the company said Tuesday. The drama will open via its VOD platforms December 2nd, followed by a theatrical release January 6, 2012.
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The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today they have acquired US rights to ROADIE, a new drama from director Michael Cuesta (L.I.E., Twelve and Holding, Showtime’s Homeland) featuring wonderful performances from Ron Eldard, Bobby Cannavale, Jill Hennessy and Lois Smith. The film written by Gerald Cuesta and Michael Cuesta, and produced by Mike Downey and Sirad Balducci.
In a transformative role, Eldard plays Jimmy, a longtime roadie for the legendary Blue Oyster Cult, who has just been fired by the band. With nowhere else to go, he returns home to see his aging mom in Forest Hills, Queens, where a wild encounter with two old high school friends shows him that some things never change.
Magnolia is releasing ROADIE through its Ultra VOD program, debuting the film on all VOD platforms on December 2nd, followed by a theatrical release on January 6, 2012.
“ROADIE features a career-best performances from Ron Eldard and he’s matched every step of the way by the ensemble,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Michael Cuesta has skillfully crafted a terrific film that will resonate with anyone who’s had to revisit where they came from.”
The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson, with Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content, and Graham Taylor of WME working on behalf of the filmmakers.
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About Magnolia Pictures
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, and the high definition cable network HDNet. Recent releases include Page One: Inside the New York Times, French thriller Point Blank, Blackthorn, starring Sam Shepard as Butch Cassidy, Andrew Jarecki’s All Good Things, and Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love. Magnolia’s upcoming releases include Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz, Mark Pellington’s I Melt With You, The Hunter, starring Willem Dafoe, David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Jo Nesbo’s Headhunters, The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom, and many more.