Universal Pictures Home Entertainment Content Group has set an October 14 day-and-date release for Ordinary World, fka Geezer, a comedic drama starring Billie Joe Armstrong that premiered at Tribeca in April. The Green Day frontman plays Perry, an aging former punk rocker who’s now a married father of two. He leads a sedate life in Queens until his brother (Chris Messina) gives him money to throw a huge 40th birthday rockstar bash in a fancy Manhattan hotel — a chance to get it out of his system. But Perry’s puck past clashes with his middle-age reality. Judy Greer, Selma Blair, Dallas Roberts, Fred Armisen, Brian Baumgartner and Kevin Corrigan also star in the pic from writer-director Lee Kirk.
Demián Bichir and T.J. Miller have joined Lynn Cohen, Erik Hellman, Tony LoVerde, Chris Sullivan and Jamie Horton in Walden: Life in the Woods, an indie film that’s shooting in Colorado. Alex Harvey is directing from Adam Chanzit’s script. The reimagining of Henry David Thoreau’s treatise on nature interlaces three stories about the trappings of 21st century life and a few unlikely transcendentalists who dream dangerously of escape. The narrative includes stop-motion animation spearheaded by Laura Goldhamer, who also is penning an original score. Mitch Dickman, Shane Boris and Allison Greenberg are producing, with Filmmaker magazine co-founder/editor Scott Macaulay exec producing. The pic was funded in part by arts philanthropists and investors in the region and is landed an incentive package from Colorado’s Office of Film, Television and Media. The Denver Film Society also is sponsoring it. Bichir is repped by CAA.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired U.S. rights to Lost in Paris, the fourth film from the duo of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon (L’Iceberg). It is set to bow in France in December ahead of a U.S. theatrical release in 2017. The pic centers on a Canadian librarian (Gordon) whose orderly life is disrupted when she jumps on a plane to Paris after a distressing letter from her aunt, who subsequently disappeared. In an avalanche of spectacular disasters, she encounters and affable but annoying tramp (Abel) who just won’t leave her alone, a jumping-off point for the intricately choreographed slapstick that has come to define Abel and Gordon’s work. CG Cinema (Clouds of Silas Maria), Moteur s’il Vous Plaît and Courage Mon Amour Films produced. The agreement was brokered by MK2 International.
Erik Pedersen contributed to this report.