Brian Brooks is a Deadline contributor.
The first weekend of 2014 will usher in some new specialty releases and see the expansion of some high-profile late-2013 rollouts. Interior. Leather Bar., Travis Mathews and James Franco’s interpretation of the lost 40 minutes of 1980 feature Cruising, will begin a limited run that will likely find a core though limited audience given its leather sex bar backdrop. Magnolia Pictures will open the follow-up to Takeshi Kitano’s Outrage with Beyond Outrage, which had an ultra-VOD run beginning in late November. Late-December titles August: Osage County and The Invisible Woman will have small expansions this weekend on their way to wider release in the coming weeks. Also opening this weekend are crime drama The Best Offer from IFC Films, In No Great Hurry: 13 Lessons In Life With Saul Leiter from mTuckman Media and Tribeca Film’s thriller Open Grave.
Interior. Leather Bar.
Directors: Travis Mathews, James Franco
Writer: Travis Mathews (screenplay)
Cast: Val Lauren, Christian Patrick, James Franco, Brenden Gregory, Brad Roberge, Robbie Acklen, Osbaldo Daniel Alvarez
Filmmaker Travis Mathews first feature I Want Your Love was playing festivals and caught the eye of James Franco, who asked to collaborate on a project an idea he had been considering. “James wanted to revisit (William Friedkin’s Cruising starring Al Pacino) in some capacity, and he wanted to explore sex as a storytelling tool,” said Mathews. (more…)