Tribeca Film acquired all North American rights to the Rick Alverson-directed The Comedy, a film that bowed at 2012 Sundance Film Festival and also played SXSW. It will be released in October. Jagjaguwar produced in conjunction with Greyshack Films and Larry Fessenden’s Glass Eye Pix, along with Mike S. Ryan and Brent Kunkle producing. Rough House Pictures — the production company of Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, Jody Hill, and Matt Reilly — attached themselves to the film during Sundance. Tribeca will do a select theatrical release day-and-date with on-demand platforms including video-on-demand offerings iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly, Vudu, Xbox and Samsung Media Hub.
On the cusp of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson (Tim Heidecker) is a man with unlimited options. An aging hipster in Brooklyn, he spends his days bored and in aimless recreation with like-minded friends and they begin testing the limits of acceptable behavior. “Tim Heidecker’s performance pushes the limits and the result is a film that feels refreshingly new and fearless,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Creative Officer of Tribeca Enterprises. “We look forward to the film sparking conversation and debate when it reaches a wider audience through Tribeca Film.” The deal was brokered by Submarine’s Josh Braun and David Koh.