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Linklater’s new film to screen at SXSW
By Chris Garcia | Saturday, March 14, 2009, 01:45 PM

The “Super Special Screening,” we hear, slated for 11 a.m. Monday at the Paramount is Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes. Look out for the official announcement.

The movie did well at the annual Toronto film fest last year and received upbeat reviews. It’s still looking for a distributor.


OMG. Seriously how do I get tickets?
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hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
It's hard to say because the response varies so much depending on the picture, I think anyway.

Making things more difficult right now for any indie is that the indie market is in shambles because of the economy. A lot of indie distributors have shut down so there are fewer buyers. And those that still exist have to be much more cautious with their money.

It sounded like from people at TIFF that there was enough positive interest to garner distribution. I think that the buyers are waiting to see what happens with 17 Again.

Obviously, they are completely different movies and if 17 Again does well it won't drive up the asking price for MAOW because they are so different. But if 17 Again bombs, the price will fall for MAOW and the distributors can buy it for a lot less. So waiting makes sense.

Also I can't help but think they are worried about Zac's image and how it will affect serious film-goers interest. So I think if 17 Again does well, the distributors will feel more confident that Zac's image won't have a negative impact on box office. At least that is my theory.

samwise gamgee.colfer on March 14th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
i'm pretty sure that the success/failure of 17 Again is a big factor too. sure zac is a big name right now and appears to be bankable, but with only Hairspray (supporting role in a large, likeable cast) and HSM (fueled by Disney alone, not necessarily any of the actors) under his belt, it makes sense to play the wait and see game.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on March 14th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
it certainly won't hurt them if they do. so pretty smart for the distributors, even if it makes us sad for having to wait.

but yeah, it is frustrating walking past all the other tiff films that are already at blockbuster.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on March 14th, 2009 08:08 pm (UTC)

We fans have all the faith in the world-although, stepping outside of that 'fandom', there's still strong indication that he is on an uphill rise in popularity, marketability, and profitability.

HSM comes with a built-in fanbase and as mikeodonnell stated, it was fueled by an unsinkable engine like Disney- not necessarily 'huge' actors.

I can't help but assume success with "17 Again" will only help further the distribution process along.