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Jun 17th
09:32 pm
AWOD gets a distributor & release date  
Great news via Deadline:
FilmDistrict announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? directed by Tom Gormican and starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller.

Justin Nappi and Kevin Turen of Treehouse Pictures produced, along with Scott Aversano and Andrew O’Connor. Treehouse Pictures financed the comedy. Executive producers are Jason Barrett, Manu Gargi, John Friedberg, Michael Simkin, Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman. FilmDistrict plans to distribute the release wide in the U.S. on January 31, 2014.

Peter Schlessel, FilmDistrict’s CEO, said “We are all excited to be involved with ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? and all the rising talent in front of and behind the camera. Tom wrote a script that is as funny as it is heartfelt and we are pleased to release his directorial debut.”

Producer Justin Nappi, Founder and President of Treehouse Pictures, added, “We couldn’t be happier that FilmDistrict will be releasing ARE WE OFFICIALLY DATING? in the US, ensuring that Tom Gormican’s highly relatable comedy with an amazingly talented cast has the chance to connect with the largest possible audience.”
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laurenlipkinlip on June 17th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC)
does this mean that awod has a chance to make it to film festivals in the fall?
Beejeezbee on June 17th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
It's possible but commercial, wide releases typically don't go to a festival unless they are awards material (which this clearly isn't). The main reason for AWOD to go to a festival would have been to find a distributor but they have that now, so it's not really necessary anymore. It's technically possible to go to a festival to build buzz (if the movie is really good) but personally I wouldn't expect it.

Edited at 2013-06-17 07:52 pm (UTC)
laurenlipkinlip on June 17th, 2013 07:57 pm (UTC)
do you think the movie will do well or be good? will there at least be promotion for this movie?

(i tend to ask alot of questions, so i hope you dont mind)
Beejeezbee on June 17th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
If the movie does well depends a lot on the quality of the movie (is it any good?), if it is appealing to a wide target audience and the quality of the marketing. I can't really say much about that until I see some of the marketing material (and even then it's just some guessing on my part). The script wasn't terrible (only very generic) but it's hard to say how commercial the final movie will be based on that, esp since the script was not very cinematic but rather very talky. It has a great cast which helps a lot with the quality a movie like this.

Also, this movie will be rated R - it has lots of language, drinking, some nudity, etc. This will typically limit the audience a bit as well (esp since Zac's fanbase still is rather on the young side on average).

It's a wide release (ie probably 2000+ theaters) so it will have significant promotion. Perhaps not as much as TLO but it should have TV spots etc.
Bee: Zac - Interview Mag w/ woman coloredjeezbee on June 17th, 2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
This is great news for the movie. It also softens one of my main complaints that the movie is "been there, done that" - as a wide release, it's not so important for a movie to be original in comparison to a platform release.

The end Jan date isn't the best date ever but for a movie like this it's still a major accomplishment. And romcoms have succeeded at that date; as a matter of fact, No Strings Attached, which has a slightly similar premise was successful with a late Jan date in 2011.

I'm really happy for that development. Now we just need to hope that the movie is decent. :)
Beejeezbee on June 17th, 2013 08:20 pm (UTC)
Now that it is a wide release and it's more important for the movie name to be memorable/good/catchy/representative etc instead of showing up in the beginning of VOD menus.... I hope they change the name.
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on June 17th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC)
I'm so excited about the wide release like SUPER EXCITED

So does this mean Zac has 2, possibly 3 films that are wide releases now?
Beejeezbee on June 17th, 2013 09:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we don't know about Parkland yet, esp since now Exclusive Releasing is distributing in the US and not ORF. We have to wait and see for that one.

But the other 2 are wide releases. :)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on June 17th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I don't know what the difference is between Exclusive Releasing and ORF, so I'm just gonna go by whatever you say and be happy Zac has 2 wide releases coming out :)
Beejeezbee on June 17th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
ORF = Open Road Films. That's the distributor which was initially reported by Deadline but recent info shows that it will be released by Exclusive Media's new distribution arm (Exclusive Media is one of the financiers and production companies of the movie).
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on June 17th, 2013 10:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm always amazed with how much you knw about this sort of thing tbh like in a good way ofc
Beejeezbee on June 18th, 2013 12:55 am (UTC)
Thank you. I'm trying.
annabelle83 on June 18th, 2013 12:19 am (UTC)
Amazing news!! I'm so happy it'll get a wide release and open very close to Valentine's Day. I personally wanted it to be open either around the christmas or valentine's day.
Sapphirasapphia on June 18th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)
I am also surprised that the film will get a wide release. In my opinion, it was a good deal. Isn't it? I would hope that this means that the film is not bad. But we'll see.
kleth on June 18th, 2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
"I would hope that this means that the film is not bad."

It's a clue. I presume that the distributors watched the thing before they decided to invest the millions needed for a wide release. So at least they must think that it is "good" in the sense that it will be capable of drawing decent audiences to theaters on the release date chosen.

Formula movies can do very well if they are well made and well timed. Who knows what movie-goers want to see on a particular weekend? Lots of people like to go see something predictable rather than spend $20 on something unknown. What else is opening at the same time? What kind of movies have they seen recently and are they ready for something different? I really don't know why movie openings aren't as big a gambling interest as sports betting.
kleth on June 18th, 2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
"Executive producers are Jason Barrett, Manu Gargi, John Friedberg, Michael Simkin, Peter Schlessel and Lia Buman."

Six! I understand why Zac's manager got his name on this list, but isn't Michael Simkin Zac's former personal assistant? That's quite a jump in the hierarchy, from PA to Exec Producer!
juju81juju81 on June 18th, 2013 11:59 pm (UTC)
His twitter bio says this: Executive - Ninjas Runnin' Wild
kleth on June 19th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Still puzzling, because NRW isn't one of the three production companies credited on this film.

Can someone recommend a book or web site that explains what all the functionaries in a movie actually do -- production company, exec producer, producer, studio, distributor???