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Nov 5th
09:51 pm
WB picks up WAYF for US distribution  
From Business Wire:
Warner Bros. Pictures to Release “We Are Your Friends”

Max Joseph directed the Working Title and Studiocanal production starring Zac Efron, Emily Ratajkowski and Wes Bentley

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that it has obtained the domestic distribution rights for Max Joseph’s (MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show”) feature film directorial debut, “We Are Your Friends.” The film, from Working Title Films and Studiocanal, stars Zac Efron (“Neighbors”), Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”) and Wes Bentley (“Interstellar,” “The Hunger Games”). The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

“We Are Your Friends” is about what it takes to find your voice. Set in the world of electronic music and Hollywood nightlife, an aspiring 23-year-old DJ named Cole (Efron) spends his days scheming with his childhood friends and his nights working on the one track that will set the world on fire. All of this changes when he meets a charismatic but damaged older DJ named James (Bentley), who takes him under his wing. Things get complicated, however, when Cole starts falling for James’ much younger girlfriend, Sophie (Ratajkowski). With Cole’s forbidden relationship intensifying and his friendships unraveling, he must choose between love, loyalty, and the future he is destined for.

In making the announcement, Silverman stated, “We are so thrilled to finally be in business with Working Title, and know this is the beginning of a great relationship. The same can be said for Max, a wonderful new voice who will, hopefully, make many movies here. It is also thrilling to have our dear friend Zac back, as well as Emily, who will appear in ‘Entourage,’ and Wes, who is so wonderful in ‘Interstellar.’”

Kroll added, “The breadth and depth of our slate allows us to proudly bring features from every genre, scope and scale to our audiences, and we are delighted to have the opportunity to usher in Max Joseph’s fresh, raw image of a love story set in today’s modern-day music scene.”

“I couldn't be happier to have Warner Bros releasing my first feature film,” director Joseph said. “Having their passion and expertise behind ‘We Are Your Friends’ is a dream come true.”

Joseph directs from a screenplay he wrote with Meaghan Oppenheimer, from a story by Richard Silverman. The producers are Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Liza Chasin, with Silverman executive producing and Johanna Byer serving as co-producer. Randall Poster (“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Divergent,” “Spring Breakers”) is the film’s music supervisor.

“We Are Your Friends” will be distributed in North America by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. Studiocanal, who financed the film, is handling international sales and will be distributing in France, UK, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
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Bee: Zac – CStC Premiere - pointing fingerjeezbee on November 5th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised that a big studio like WB picked up distribution to an original R-rated drama like this but it's a really nice surprise.

Since they don't have to go the festival route now, it looks likely to open next year. Good for Zac since his last movie will be quite a while ago due to his personal break. Nice remark from Silverman too.

PS: I hope they rewrite that logline asap though... it couldn't make it sound more cheesy if they tried.

Edited at 2014-11-06 12:29 am (UTC)
Miranda gives everyone a chancemirandagirll on November 6th, 2014 09:28 pm (UTC)
I'm very happy this is going to be a wide release so hopefully it gets a good amount of promo when it comes out. Is it any indication how good the movie is that it got picked up by WB? Or is it just easy to market?
Bee: Zac – SNL - White Tuxedojeezbee on November 7th, 2014 03:11 am (UTC)
I would assume that the EDM element played a significant role in the pick-up. There are several projects at different studios in development who all seem to be eager to cash in on the EDM popularity. And Mia Hansen-Løve's Eden aside (which is also a coming-of-age story of a young DJ and got good reviews out of TIFF but is partly in French and not very mainstream; also still doesn't have a US distributor), none of them has gotten off the ground so far... We Are Your Friends is basically the first.

They have a rough, early cut at this point but idk if WB has seen that. Seems more likely to me that they bought it based on topic, script, cast and some sizzle reel but that's obviously just speculation on my part.

Either way, I wouldn't conclude any quality from the pick-up per se. Of course I hope the movie will turn out to be good and be successful but movies get picked up for various reasons all the time.

Edited at 2014-11-07 03:12 am (UTC)
kleth on November 6th, 2014 10:26 pm (UTC)
I am quivering with joy.

Dare I suggest that the success of Neighbors may have played a small part in this decision? The lead, Zac, is now considered an equal with co-stars who have all played in hit movies:

"...stars Zac Efron (Neighbors), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl) and Wes Bentley (Interstellar, The Hunger Games)."

I still don't know how they are going to market this thing, but with Warner Bros. behind it, it's hard to imagine that it can completely flop.