Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
Magnolia Pictures will bow two Specialty titles this weekend including the latest by David Gordon Green who made a return to a relative micro-budget film he shot quickly earlier this year starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. Prince Avalanche was adapted from an Icelandic film he saw at a New York film series last year. Magnolia will also open comedy I Give It A Year by Borat scribe, Dave Mazer. UTV Communications will open Chennai Express, one of India’s most anticipated blockbusters in North America in a comparatively large number of theaters numbering under 200 targeting the South Asian audience here. Oscilloscope and doc filmmakers Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri take on pharmaceuticals in Off Label, while Roadside Attractions’ In A World is possibly a showcase for rising talent, Lake Bell.
Austin-based director David Gordon Green returns to his indie roots with his latest film Prince Avalanche, albeit with a couple of recognizable names in the form of Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. The filmmaker adapted the story from Icelandic film Either Way which he caught at a festival spotlighting the country’s cinema at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Rudd and Hirsch star as two highway workers spending the summer of ’88 away from the city in an isolated landscape where their misadventure finds them at odds with themselves and the women they left behind. “We conceived of the movie in February ’12 and we were sound mixing by July,” said Green who added that the planned 18-day shoot finished two days ahead of schedule from a loose 65-page script. Green decided to adapt Either Way to Bastrop, TX in an area that had been devastated by fire. “It’s a conflict of characters and you turn it on its ass and find out that they’re not what you expect them to be,” said Green. “I also wanted to take what you know about Paul Rudd and what you comedically know about Paul and show the depth and tenderness to him. And I wanted to take what you know about Emile from watching his movies, the dramatic side to him, and show you how funny that kid is…” (more…)