NEW YORK (January 26, 2017) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired worldwide rights to Dave McCary’s BRIGSBY BEAR. The highly anticipated film, written by Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney (aturday Night Live) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section. This is McCary’s feature film debut.
Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh and
Michaela Watkins, BRIGSBY BEAR was produced by The Lonely Island
(POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING), Lord Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE, 21
JUMP STREET, 22 JUMP STREET), 3311 Productions (IN A WORLD…, the
upcoming TABLE 19), along with YL Pictures.
BRIGSBY BEAR is a
children's TV show produced for an audience of one, James (Mooney). When
the show abruptly ends, James' life changes forever and he sets out to
finish the story himself.
"This is a special film made by old
and new friends, but today we're excited to announce that Sony Pictures
Classics have become our actual best friends. All of our old best
friends have been demoted to regular friends. They are fine, but they
never bought movies from us like our new best friends do (sorry Tyler
and Adam). To our best friends at SPC, thank you for your incredible
enthusiasm and connection to this story. We can't wait to share it with
the world," said Director McCary and Writers Costello and Mooney.
dark, fantastical, fun, a work of awesome sincerity. It is impossible
to put into words the freshness of BRIGSBY BEAR. The movie is a wonder
and it is a privilege to bring it into the world that will embrace it
big time," added Sony Pictures Classics.
BRIGSBY BEAR will have a summer release.
deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Ian Stratford of
Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, on behalf of the
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