Movie News

Magnolia picks up Frank at Sundance

Magnolia picks up Frank at Sundance

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to “Frank”, an offbeat comedy that just had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (”What Richard Did”, ”Garage”, ”Adam & Paul”), the film was written by Jon Ronson (”The Men Who Stare At Goats”) and Peter Straughan (”Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). “Frank” stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times.

“Frank” was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. “Frank” is an Element Pictures/Runaway Fridge production for Film4, BFI, Protagonist Pictures and the Irish Film Board.

Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by the enigmatic Frank (Fassbender)—a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head—and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). It is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.

“All of us at Magnolia were completely taken with FRANK,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “It reaffirms the considerable talents of Lenny Abrahamson, who has delivered a beautiful, poignant and hilarious film that speaks on many levels about being an artist. That Michael Fassbender can be so affecting while encased in a papier-mâché head proves that he is one of the greatest actors working today.”

Speaking from Park City Lenny Abrahamson said: “I’m delighted that FRANK has found a home in the US with Magnolia. Eamonn Bowles was an early fan of my first film, Adam & Paul, and I know that the team there has a genuine passion for Frank. Along with their skill and experience this makes them the right partners to bring the film to its audience here.”

Producer Ed Guiney said “Magnolia is an incredibly innovative and exciting company and we have long wanted to work with them. They are the perfect partners for Frank and we could not be happier that we have landed with them and we are very excited about their plans for the US.”

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Director of Acquisitions John Von Thaden, with WME and Protagonist Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers. Protagonist is handling worldwide sales.

Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release for the film.

Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Movie News

Various writers that contribute to the site from time to time, including Brooke, Claudia, and Dan.

More in Movie News

Emily Blunt wallpaper (14)

Emily Blunt a lock for Marvel movie?

ClintAug 1, 2015
felicityjones

A Fett in Rogue One?

ClintAug 1, 2015
SOLACE

Trailer : Solace

ClintAug 1, 2015
taron

Shortlist for Lionsgate’s Robin Hood revealed

ClintAug 1, 2015
roddypiper

‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper (1954 – 2015)

Editorial StaffAug 1, 2015
oldman

Three more join Asa Butterfield in STX’s intergalactic love story

AshAug 1, 2015
Ghostbusters Day 16

Reitman says Tatum-Pratt Ghostbusters isn’t real!?

Editorial StaffJul 31, 2015
Pitch Perfect 2

Pitch Perfect 2 featurette released ahead of DVD/BD bow next week!

Editorial StaffJul 31, 2015
British actor Daniel Radcliffe poses for photographers on the red carpet as he arrives for the UK Premier of "Horns" in central London on October 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: 534575666

Daniel Radcliffe joins the FBI for Imperium

AshJul 31, 2015