IFC Films has picked up the new Jack Black comedy “The D Train,” following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.
Written and directed by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel, “The D Train” is a grown man’s coming-of-age story. The synopsis reads: In the film, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) is the overly enthusiastic head of his high school reunion committee and also the group’s laughingstock. To impress his so-called friends, he vows to convince their most famous former classmate—Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the star of a national Banana Boat TV commercial—to attend the reunion to increase attendance. Dan travels to Los Angeles and spins a web of lies, igniting an intoxicating excitement for the first time in his humdrum life. In exchange for Oliver’s precarious friendship, Dan sacrifices his relationships with his wife, son, and boss, and loses himself in his obsession for approval and recognition.
IFC is planning a nationwide theatrical release similar to last year’s “Boyhood.” “Our team fell in love with this film and we are planning to put the full weight of the studio behind it with the goal of rolling the film out in theaters across the country,” said Sundance Selects/IFC Films President Jonathan Sehring.