The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they've acquired North American rights to Best Man Down, a warmly funny new comedy from writer/director Ted Koland, starring Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin and Frances O'Connor. The film was produced by David Abbitt, Jen Roskind and Sharyn Steele.
When their obnoxious and over-served best man, Lumpy (Tyler Labine) unexpectedly dies at their destination wedding in Phoenix, bride and groom Kristin (EhDQmllGJyQlk||Weixler}) and Scott (Long) are forced to cancel their honeymoon and fly home to the snowy Midwest to arrange for his funeral. But when they arrive they realize that there was a lot more to their friend than met the eye. Here's what Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said about the comedy.
"We are pleased to be handling Best Man Down, a charming film that features excellent performances from a completely winning cast."
Writer-director Ted Koland also released a statement regarding the acquisition.
"It's incredibly exciting to partner with Magnolia on my first film, a company that's made a brand for itself by bringing unique, compelling stories to the screen."
Magnolia plans a summer release through their Ultra VOD program, debuting the film on all VOD platforms a month prior to its theatrical release.
The deal was negotiated by Magnolia's Director of Acquisitions Peter Van Steemberg with Preferred Content and Gersh on behalf of the filmmakers. Best Man Down was financed by Koda Entertainment.
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Best Man Down was released November 8th, 2013 and stars Justin Long, Jess Weixler, Tyler Labine, Addison Timlin, Shelley Long, Frances O'Connor, Evan Jones, Michael Landes. The film is directed by Ted Koland.