Los Angeles, CA – April 23, 2012 – Morris Ruskin’s sales company has picked up international rights on FREAKY DEAKY following its sold-out premiere at Tribeca yesterday.
Director/writer/producer Charles Matthau’s feature is based on the favorite novel of literary legend Elmore Leonard and filled with some of Leonard’s greatest characters as well as his trademark deadpan humor. FREAKY DEAKY stars Christian Slater, Crispin Glover, Michael Jai White, Andy Dick and Billy Burke of Twilight in the story of a cop who’s drawn into a wildly funny, sexy and dangerous tale of extortion, explosives and a rich, alcoholic, powerful mogul. FREAKY DEAKY is also an homage to 70s style filmmaking, that ends just like it begins – with a bang.
Matthau directed the critically-acclaimed THE GRASS HARP, based on Truman Capote’s novella and starring his father Walter, Jack Lemmon, and Sissy Spacek. He also directed the feature films BABY-O, HER MINOR THING, and DOIN’ TIME ON PLANET EARTH. He is currently in pre-production on his next feature, THE SUGAR SHACK.
FREAKY DEAKY’s world premiere was April 22 at Tribeca, where Matthau, Glover, White and Dick joined Matthau for a Tribeca Talks following the screening. Paradigm is handling North American rights.
Shoreline discovered FREAKY DEAKY when Matthau brought him the screenplay during pre-production. Ruskin says, “FREAKY DEAKY is one helluva fun ride that captures the essence of Elmore Leonard, who is one of my favorite authors. Charlie has done a brilliant job in terms of tone, style and pulling together fantastic performances.”
Shoreline Executive Vice President Sam Eigen and acquisitions executive Melody Djavadi negotiated the deal with Simon Horsman of Rufus-Isaacs, Acland & Grantham, LLP. The film was Executive Produced by George Eyde, Lou Eyde, Nathaniel Eyde, Robert Cantrell, Steven Berez, Donald Zuckerman and Lee Greenberg.
Shoreline recently had MY FATHER’S CHAIR in Sundance, PABLO in Rotterdam and UN MUNDO SECRETO in Berlin.