THINKFilm Acquires 'THE TEN' for North America
PARK CITY, Utah, Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- City Lights Pictures announced today that THE TEN has been acquired for domestic distribution by THINKFilm, in partnership with City Lights' recently announced joint venture with WEA, a division of Warner Music Group. The acquisition price of the deal was $4.5 million, plus a substantial P&A commitment. THINKFilm plans to release the film in summer 2007.
THE TEN is comprised of ten blasphemous and hysterical stories inspired by the Biblical Commandments, each told in a different style, but with characters and themes that overlap. The film is held together by a narrator who, in turn, has his own moral problems.
"THE TEN brings a brand of comedy and entertainment that is different and new," says Danny Fisher, CEO of City Lights Media Group. "We are very excited to be working with THINKFilm and our partner WEA in bringing this incredibly funny movie to the widest possible audience."
Adds director David Wain: "I was thrilled to see audiences laughing from beginning to end at Sundance. We've been blessed with amazing talent, both in front of and behind the camera on this project, and now we have distribution partners that are just as talented, enthusiastic and committed."
"From the moment we saw this movie at its Friday night premiere, we were convinced that it would connect with a large audience, and acquiring this movie has been our priority over the past week," says Randy Manis, THINKFilm Executive Vice President of Acquisitions and Business Affairs.
"The film is hilarious, people are going to be quoting from it for years, and we are ecstatic that THINKFilm will be distributing what has been the most buzzed about movie at Sundance."
Mark Urman, THINKFilm's Theatrical Division Head adds: "Our success with 'The Aristocrats' and 'Strangers with Candy' has whetted our appetite, and proven our skills, for this sort of smart, outrageous comedy. With THE TEN, we believe we can reach a much, much wider audience."
THE TEN was directed by David Wain ("Wet Hot American Summer" and "The State") and written by Ken Marino and Wain, and stars Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, Winona Ryder, Adam Brody, Gretchen Mol, Famke Janssen, Rob Corddry, Liev Schreiber, Oliver Platt, Justin Theroux and Marino. The film was produced by City Lights Pictures, in association with Morris S. Levy's MEGA Films and Jonathan Stern's Shot Put Pictures; the producers were Jonathan Stern, Ken Marino, David Wain, Paul Rudd and Morris S. Levy, the executive producers were Danny Fisher, along with Sam Zietz, Jack Fisher and Michael Almog, the co-executive producers were Max Sinovoi, Michael Califra, Michael Bassick and Joe Fisher, with cinematography by Yaron Orbach, editing by Eric Kissack and production design by Mark White.
The North American distribution agreement was negotiated among the parties by John Sloss of Cinetic on behalf of the filmmakers, and Manis and Urman from THINKFilm.