Screen Media Films, which just released the Helen Hunt-directed surf movie Ride on the specialty box office front over the weekend, has acquired U.S. rights to Bob Byington’s comedy 7 Chinese Brothers. Jason Schwartzman, Olympia Dukakis, Stephen Root, Tunde Adebimpe and Eleanore Pienta star. It will be released day-and-date in August after it world premiered in March at SXSW.
Schwartzman plays Larry, an inebriated sad sack who rides a tide of booze onto the shores of an undiscriminating Quick-Lube. The only bright spot is probably his boss, Lupe (Pienta). Will he keep it together long enough to win the girl, provide for his French bulldog, laze about with his friend Major (TV on the Radio’s Adebimpe), and do his cantankerous grandmother (Dukakis) proud?
The deal was negotiated by Screen Media’s Seth Needle with Zac Bright of Preferred Content and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers.