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Attention, Hollywood — William H. Macy would like to direct your film.
Macy is coming off making his feature directorial debut with music drama “Rudderless,” which has opened domestically last month and is for sale at the American Film Market from Radiant Film Intl.
“We are sort of in the catbird seat on ‘Rudderless,’ I think,” Macy said. “And I’m dying to do it again.”
“Rudderless” centers on a grieving father (Billy Crudup) who’s in a downward spiral until he stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics and forms a band in the hope of finding peace. Unified Pictures’ Keith Kjarval and Brad Greiner produced.
Macy, who had directed TV episodes, began shooting last year on a 25-day sked.
“In indie film, you are already four days behind when you start,” he said. “I wound up with way more film than I needed. »
- Dave McNary
Paramount Home Media Distribution and Samuel Goldwyn Films announced today a collaboration to bring Rudderless to theatrical and home viewing audiences. The feature directorial debut of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee William H. Macy, Rudderless was produced by Keith Kjarval (Unified Pictures) and Brad Greiner in association with Aaron L. Gilbert's Bron Studios and had its world premiere as the Closing Night Film at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film stars Billy Crudup (Almost Famous), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives), Jamie Chung (Believe), Selena Gomez (Spring Breakers) and Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix).
Samuel Goldwyn Films will handle U.S. theatrical distribution day-and-date with Paramount Home Media Distribution's VOD release. Paramount will also handle other U.S. ancillary platforms and all distribution in Canada, the UK, Russia and certain territories in Asia.
After a man has his life torn apart when he loses his son, »
The studio is planning to distribute the film with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. in the fall.
Macy made his feature directorial debut, helming from a script by Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison about a grieving father (Crudup) who finds salvation from the discovery of his deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics.
News was first reported by the Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Just because spring has sprung doesn’t mean there isn’t still action coming out of January’s Sundance Film Festival. I’m told that Paramount is closing a low-seven-figure deal for Rudderless, the film that Shameless star William H. Macy directed. It closed the Park City festival. Paramount will acquire North American rights and several additional territories. It will start with a theatrical run in a deal that is taking shape with the Samuel Goldwyn Co. The film will be released later this fall. Macy stars with Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and Felicity Huffman in a musical drama about the power of a parent’s love. Scripted by Casey Twenter and Jeff Robison, the film revolves around a grieving father in a downward spiral who stumbles across a box of his recently deceased son’s demo tapes and lyrics. Shocked by the discovery of this unknown talent, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
4 items from 2014
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