We have a couple of acquisitions to recognize this afternoon. Firstly, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US theatrical, VOD, and home entertainment rights to director Steve James’ (Hoop Dreams) documentary about the life of Roger Ebert, Life Itself. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a loving, funny, and moving tribute to the late film critic and his impact on the world of cinema. Magnolia is eyeing a summer release, followed by an exclusive broadcast on CNN later this year. Read my full review here.
Additionally, eOne has acquired US rights to director Don McKellar’s comedy The Grand Seduction, which stars Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch as two unemployed fisherman tasked with convincing a doctor to set up shop in their tiny outport so that they can court a new Petrochemical plant to open and revitalize the area. eOne is planning a theatrical release this summer. Hit the jump to read the full press release concerning Life Itself.