The Variety Studio welcomes the cast and director of Sundance buzz drama “Infinitely Polar Bear” for an intimate discussion. Filmmaker Maya Forbes reveals the origin of the film’s title while co-stars Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldanashare an emotional story about the inspiration for the feature, which is playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the festival
The specialty labels takes North American, German, U.K., Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to the Maya Forbes-helmed drama, which also stars Zoe Saldana.
Sony Pictures Classics has closed a deal to acquire North American, German, U.K., Scandinavian, Eastern European and Russian rights to the Maya Forbes-helmed drama Infinitely Polar Bear.
One of the hottest Sundance titles going into the festival, the film premiered at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18. Infinitely Polar Bear, which is seen as having awards-season potential, also was pursued by Roadside Attractions.
The dysfunctional family film stars Mark Ruffalo as a bipolar father put in charge of taking care of his two young, precocious daughters after their mother (Zoe Saldana) leaves to pursue her MBA in New York. Imogene Wolodarsky and Ashley Aufderheide co-star.
Inspired by writer-director Forbes’ own childhood, the film marks her directorial debut while she began her career on HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show and has since written for numerous TV shows and big-budget films including Monsters vs Aliens.
“I am thrilled,” Forbes said. “Sony Pictures Classics consistently releases the movies I want to see. The film connected deeply with audiences at Sundance and I think (SPC’s) Michael (Barker), Tom (Bernard) and Dylan (Leiner) have a terrific plan to expand on that experience. Infinitely Polar Bear could not have found a better home.”
Added SPC in a statement: “We are excited and pleased to be bringing Maya Forbes’ accomplished, deeply moving and joyous autobiographical story to the public.”
Wally Wolodarsky, Benji Kohn, Bingo Gubelmann, Sam Bisbee and Galt Niederhoffer produced the film. J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Austin Stark, Ruth Mutch, Jackie Kelman Bisbee exec produced.
ICM Partners and attorney Chris Tricarico of Tricarico Chavez repped the filmmakers. Forbes, Wolodarsky and Ruffalo also are repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
The Solution Entertainment Group is handling all remaining international territories for the film.
With “Batman Vs Superman” delayed until 2016, Marvel owns the summer of 2015 with both “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.” In a recent interview with Parade, Scarlett Johansson, aka Black Widow, revealed that she has already read Joss Whedon’s script, which she called “dark” and “dry.”
When we spoke with Mark Ruffalo and one of the newer members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Zoe Saldana, at the Sundance Film Festival, where they were promoting “Infinitely Polar Bear,” the Hulk actor agreed with Johansson’s estimation of the script and elaborated a bit.
“I would say that it’s better, it’s cooler, it’s more awesomer,” he said. “It’s a little bit darker, but also really has Joss Whedon’s incredibly, witty and sly sense of humor.”
Ruffalo’s character was obliviously one of the best elements of the original “Avengers,” but would he get the same kind of fan-favorite moments in the sequel? According to Ruffalo, fans shouldn’t worry. “[Bruce Banner] gets to do such great stuff,” he said.
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