Anyone Wanna Buy a Pre-Owned Certified Sundance Darling?
The news out of Senator Entertainment's offices in the last few months hasn't been the best. The Informers dazzled the world with badness in April, and as of yesterday, distribution boss Mark Urman left his full-time post for a "project-by-project" role with the company. Among those projects: Antoine Fuqua's mindblowingly bleak (and fantastic) Brooklyn's Finest, a Richard Gere/Ethan Hawke/Don Cheadle cop drama which bowed to baffled audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival before selling to Senator for mid-seven figures -- and which Senator now can't afford to release.
Reports at the time of the deal estimated that Senator had made "an eight-figure P&A commitment" to the films producers, who were said to be working with Fuqua on changing the film's ending. The ending may or may not have changed, but the numbers definitely did, according to president Marco Weber, who told THR that his company was in a period of readjustment that would see Finest pushed back indefinitely from its tentative November release. The film was arguably an Oscar contender for all three actors, especially with Urman's awards-campaign wiles at Senator's disposal.
Alas. Finest needs help. Senator isn't quite parting ways with it yet, but it's just a matter of time. Act now and you might be able to get Senator's other available film -- the Michael Sheen/Samuel L. Jackson thriller Unthinkable -- half-off. Operators are standing by, void where prohibited.
· Strapped Senator seeks help [THR]
· Urman Exits Senator; Company Closes Distribution Arm [indieWIRE]