This time last week, “Don’t You Forget About Me” was just another no-frills doco with no home…. and an irresolute future. Today, all thanks to the passing of it’s central character, it’s hot property.
Variety says Alliance Films has picked up director Matt Austin-Sadowski’s John Hughes documentary – a pic that finds Austin-Sadowski and his producers Kari Hollend, Mike Facciolo and Lenny Panzer heading to suburban Illinois in their van to try to find the reclusive director of such films as “The Breakfast Club” and “Sixteen Candles” (Hughes had barely been seen, let alone heard of, since 1991 – so it was no easy task). It’s sorta like Kyle Newman’s terrific “Fanboys” – only without Shatner, Lightsabers and a mock Iowa.
After the passing of Hughes late last week, there was – not surprisingly – interest in the project.
The trade says Austin-Sadowski woke up Friday morning and discovered an email in his inbox from CNN requesting an interview. By noon, world rights to the low-budget doc had been snapped up by Alliance Films of Montreal with a U.S. deal in the offing.
The 75-minute doco features interviews with those that have worked with Hughes, including Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mia Sara, Kelly LeBrock, Annie Potts, Alan Ruck, Howard Deutch, Simple Minds and Andrew McCarthy (Molly Ringwald refused to participate).
Congrats guys! And here’s the trailer for the film :