Acquisition News: Weinstein Company Picks Up BACHELORETTE, Image Acquires GOATS, and Anchor Bay Nabs EXCISION

     February 7, 2012


The 2012 Sundance Film Festival may be over, but the acquisitions are not. We’ve got three such stories to share with you today. First up, The Weinstein Company has closed a deal for North American distribution rights to the raunchy comedy Bachelorette. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher, Lizzy Caplan, Adam Scott, and James Marsden and centers on four high school friends who reunite when the least popular of the group gets engaged to one of the most eligible bachelors in New York City. Matt praised the candidly despicable portrayal of the main characters, but was disappointed when the film tried to redeem their behavior towards the end. You can read his review here.

Deadline reports that The Weinstein Company plans on releasing the film through their new label Radius, which focuses on multi-platform release strategies. They plan on releasing Bachelorette on a multi-platform day and date release with a theatrical component. Hit the jump for acquisition news concerning the David Duchovny pic Goats and the horror film Excision.

goats-movie-image-david-duchovny-graham-phillipsAdditionally, Image Entertainment has nabbed U.S. rights to the coming-of-age drama Goats. The film stars David Duchovny as a man who ventures outside of his unconventional desert home to reconnect with his estranged father. Matt wasn’t particularly a fan of the film, and you can read his review here. Deadline reports that Image Entertainment plans on releasing the film later this year. Vera Farmiga, Ty Burell, and Graham Phillips also star.

Finally, Anchor Bay Films announced today that they have acquired North American distribution rights to the horror film Excision. The pic stars AnnaLynne McCord as a trouble young girl who thinks that the best way to improve her strained relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life. Nevermind that the young girl has absolutely no practice in the art of surgery. Directed by Richard Bates, Jr., the film also stars Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Roger Bart, Malcolm McDowell, Marlee Matlin, and John Waters. Read the full press release below. You can check out all of our Sundance coverage, including exclusive interviews and reviews, here.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA  –  Anchor Bay Films announced today the acquisition of all North American distribution rights to director/writer Richard Bates, Jr.’s debut feature film, EXCISION, which made its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month.  Produced by Dylan Hale Lewis, the horror film features an all-star cast including: AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Traci Lords (Cry Baby), Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”), Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”), Jeremy Sumpter (Soul Surfer), Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler (“Criminal Minds”), Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God), Ray Wise (Good Night, and Good Luck) and John Waters.  The deal was announced by Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment.

“We are pleased to be adding EXCISION to our slate this year,” commented Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Anchor Bay Films.  “It has an amazing cast and we know Anchor Bay fans will love it!”

“I have been influenced my entire life by the films which Anchor Bay has brought to audiences.  I could not be more excited that they have chosen to take my film out in North America,” said Bates.

EXCISION is the story of Pauline (McCord), a delusional teenage outcast.  Pauline picks scabs.  Pauline dissects road kill.  Pauline fantasizes about performing surgery on strangers.  Her fascinations disturb her schoolmates and her parents, Phyllis (Lords) and Bob (Bart).  No one understands Pauline except for Grace (Winter), her younger sister who suffers from cystic fibrosis. An outcast at school and at home, Pauline is convinced that the best way to repair her estranged relationship with her family is to perform a risky operation to save her sister’s life.  A BXR Productions film, EXCISION is Richard Bates, Jr.’s directorial debut adapted from his award-winning short film, also called Excision.

The deal was negotiated by Kevin Kasha, Josh Thomashow and Marc Barson for Anchor Bay Films; Kevin Iwashina and Christine D’Souza of Preferred Content, Cassian Elwes, and Elsa Ramo of The Law Offices of Elsa Ramo negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

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