Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Ian Cheney’s Chinese food documentary The Search For General Tso. The film takes us on a trip through restaurants and Chinatowns in the U.S. in an attempt to understand the history and popularity of General Tso’s Chicken dish. Cheney tries to find an answer to who General Tso was and how his name came to grace nearly every American Chinese menu. The Search For General Tso world premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on January 2 theatrically and on VOD. Cinetic Media negotiated on behalf of the filmmakers.
Warner Bros has pushed the release for fantasy actioner Pan to July 24, a week later than it initial July 17 date. Joe Wright’s take on J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan lore goes up against Sony/Columbia’s action comedy Pixels, Fox horror pic Poltergeist and Universal comedy Trainwreck. It will bow in 3D, 2D and Imax. Hugh Jackman and Rooney Mara star. WB also said today its untitled horror pic (originally titled Superstition when it was acquired from New Line), is now titled Gallows. Its release date has been moved up to July 10, from its initial date of October 23. It will face Universal’s animated Minions on that date.
UPDATES: Relativity Studios has tweaked the title of horror pic Lazarus. It’s now titled The Lazarus Effect and will be released on February 27, a week later than its initial date of February 20. It will now square off against Warner Bros’ comedy Focus and Open Road Films’ drama Little Boy and avoid comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and sports drama MacFarland USA. The Lazarus Effect follows a group of medical students who discover a way to bring dead patients back to life. Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, and Donald Glover star.
Monterey Media has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to The Living, a thriller starring Fran Kranz (The Cabin In The Woods), Jocelyn Donahue (Insidious: Chapter 2), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Joelle Carter (Justified) and Kenny Wormald (Footloose). It focuses on Teddy, who, after awakening from an alcohol-induced black out, discovers he has severely beaten his wife, Molly. As he seeks her forgiveness, she struggles with a possible future together. Absent a father’s protection, her brother’s humiliation over not being able to defend his sister quickly turns to hate. In desperation, Gordon seeks out and hires an ex-con to kill Teddy setting forth an unstoppable sequence of shocking events. The deal was brokered by producers Jack Bryan, Laura DuBois and John Snyder and Monterey Media’s Scott Mansfield.