Sony Pictures Classics said today that it will release The Bronze, the film Relativity scooped up for $3 million following an all-night negotiation after it opened the Sundance Film Festival in January. It had been slated for an October release but was pushed back amid Relativity Media’s bankruptcy proceedings. The film was on the excluded-asset list from the Relativity bankruptcy sale. Sources say SPC terminated Relativity’s rights, thereby removing the film from the company’s assets before it filed for Chapter 11.
The Big Bang Theory‘s Melissa Rauch co-wrote the pic and stars as a potty-mouthed ex-gymnast who won a bronze medal but now must battle to maintain celebrity status in her small Ohio hometown when a 16-year-old gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) begin to rise, threatening to overshadow her. Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan and Cecily Strong also star. Bryan Buckley directed the pic, which Rauch wrote with her husband Winston Rauch.
The Duplass Brothers Production is produced by Stephanie Langhoff, with the Rauches, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Buckley and Michael C. Cuddy exec producing. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ label Stage 6 Films acquired worldwide rights to The Bronze prior to the start of the production and will distribute it internationally.
Anita Busch contributed to this report.