Props to Amazon Studios at CinemaCon. Unlike other studios who drop their whole slate before the press and exhibitors, then hold back on releasing key trailers promptly after, Amazon is providing a look at Gus Van Sant’s latest title which world premiered at Sundance. The movie opens on July 13. Amazon, which now distributes its own movies under distrib chief Mark Boxer, held a lunch today at Caesar’s Palace where they’re showing off this year’s slate.
Don’t Worry is based on the memoir by John Callahan (Joaquin Phoenix), who became paralyzed after a car accident at age 21 and turned to drawing as a form of therapy. Jonah Hill and Jack Black also star. It’s one of two Amazon movies the three-time Oscar nominee has this year in addition to the April crime noir You Were Never Really Here. Phoenix also starred with Rooney Mara in Weinstein Co.’s biblical pic Mary Magdalene which is still TBD in regards to its release due to the distributor’s bankruptcy.
Jack Black and Jonah Hill who respectively play Dexter and Donny, the latter a fellow AA member of Callahan’s. Hill said that Van Sant, Phoenix, and Mara went to Callahan’s stomping ground of Portland, OR. Hill also beamed to exhibs, “This is my first time here and as a future filmmaker, I’m proud that my first film gets to come out in theaters,” to applause. The two-time Oscar nominee called working with Phoenix “immersive” and “cathartic.”