ANCHOR BAY FILMS ACQUIRES JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR AT 2012 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
TORONTO, ON – Anchor Bay Films has finalized the rights to Jayne Mansfield’s Car which covers North America and U.K. rights for theatrical, DVD and digital release. The film was directed and co-written by Academy Award® winning actor, director and screenwriter Billy Bob Thornton (Sling Blade, All The Pretty Horses) and boasts an all-star cast including Academy Award-winner Robert Duvall (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), BAFTA Award-winner John Hurt (V for Vendetta, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Kevin Bacon (Mystic River, X-Man: First Class), Katherine LaNasa (The Campaign, Valentine’s Day), Ray Stevenson (The Book of Eli, Thor) and Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Walk the Line). Thornton also stars in the film and co-wrote it with Tom Epperson (The Gift, One False Move). Bill Clark, President of Anchor Bay Entertainment, made the announcement.
The deal was brokered by Graham Taylor at WME Global, Jere Hausfater, COO of Aldamisa International, and Kevin Kasha, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Acquisitions and Co-Productions for Anchor Bay Films.
“I was so impressed the first time I saw Jayne Mansfield’s Car,” commented Kasha. “It’s a great story with strong performances by the entire cast. And the film truly resonated with me. It’s timely – whether it’s 1969 or 2012 – we, as people, seem to have the same issues regardless of how much time passes.”
“The movie reflects some of my own experiences, but its ideas seem universal to me,” explains Thornton. “It examines our fascination with and fear of both life and death, how war is viewed by different generations, and how its effects manifest themselves in families who experience it. It takes place at the height of the Love Generation and the Vietnam War – a time it seems we still haven’t learned the lessons from.”
Producer Alexander Rodnyansky said, “I loved this story as soon as I saw the script. It’s about universal issues – family relationships, fear of aging and death, generational conflicts – told with humor and tenderness. We are very pleased that Anchor Bay shares our affection for this film, and we look forward to its release.”
An ensemble drama about families and the effects of combat on fathers and sons, Jayne Mansfield’s Car looks at two colorful clans in 1969. Brought together by the death of a woman who was married, first to the Alabaman Jim Caldwell (Robert Duvall) and then to the British Kingsley Bedford (John Hurt), her families meet for the first time at the Caldwells’ home with uneasy curiosity. The culture clash of the Sixties, and of the Old World versus the Old South, become a backdrop for the Caldwells’ and the Bedfords’ heartfelt and sometimes hilarious struggles with long-held resentments, family rivalries and secrets, and the memories of war and how it shaped them all.
Jayne Mansfield’s Car was produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Geyer Kosinski. Executive producers are Sergei Bespalov, James D. Brubaker and Robert Teitel.
Worldwide sales of JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR are being handled by Aldamisa International.
Media Talent Group and A.R. Films Present a Geyer Kosinski/Alexander Rodnyansky Production: Jayne Mansfield’s Car. The film stars Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Billy Bob Thornton, Kevin Bacon, Robert Patrick, Ray Stevenson, Katherine LaNasa, Frances O’Connor, Shawnee Smith, Ron White, John Patrick Amedori, Marshall Allman and Irma P. Hall. Casting is by Mary Vernieu, C.S.A. and Lindsay Graham; the music supervisor is Rick Clark, and the original score is by Owen Easterling Hatfield. The costume designer is Doug Hall; the editor is Lauren Zuckerman; and the production designer is Clark Hunter. The director of photography is Barry Markowitz, ASC. The executive producers are Mark C. Manuel, Sergei Bespalov, James D. Brubaker and Robert Teitel. Jayne Mansfield’s Car is produced by Alexander Rodnyansky and Geyer Kosinski, and written by Billy Bob Thornton & Tom Epperson. It is directed by Billy Bob Thornton.
About Anchor Bay Films
Anchor Bay Films is unique in that it offers the creative community a fully integrated distribution capability on all platforms and an international solution extending beyond the U.S. Anchor Bay Films is a division of Anchor Bay Entertainment and is on the ground providing quality distribution with operations in the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, as well as distribution capabilities in other key territories. The company focuses on a platform release strategy for its films with an eye toward maximizing their potential across all ancillary distribution platforms. Upcoming theatrical releases include Ten Years starring Channing Tatum and Rosario Dawson. Recent theatrical releases include High School starring Adrien Brody and Colin Hanks and Seeking Justice starring Nicolas Cage, January Jones and Guy Pearce. Films in its library include the critically acclaimed comedy City Island starring Andy Garcia and Solitary Man starring Michael Douglas as well as the 2011 releases of Kill the Irishman starring Ray Stevenson, Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken; Toronto Film Festival award-winner Beautiful Boy with Maria Bello and Michael Sheen; and Cannes 2011 premiere Corman’s World. Anchor Bay Entertainment is a subsidiary of Starz Media, LLC, which is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation.
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