New York, NY (March 24, 2011) – IFC Films announced today that the company is acquiring U.S. rights to director Rob Minkoff’s (THE FORBIDDEN KINGDOM) robbery comedy FLYPAPER. Produced by Mark Damon, Patrick Dempsey, and Peter Safran, the film stars Dempsey (GREY’S ANATOMY), Ashley Judd (CROSSING OVER), Jeffrey Tambor (WIN WIN, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT), and Tim Blake Nelson (LEAVES OF GRASS). Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the writers behind THE HANGOVER, penned the screenplay. FLYPAPER premiered earlier this year at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
Tripp Kennedy (Dempsey) ambles into a bank near closing time, just as two different gangs unwittingly converge to rob it. A shoot-out erupts, and Tripp tackles the smart, pretty teller, Kaitlin (Judd), to protect her. The gangs-one clearly made up of pros and the other a couple of buffoons named Peanut Butter (Nelson) and Jelly (Pruitt Taylor Vince) -have deadlocked themselves in a Mexican standoff. The bank’s security system starts the end-of-day lockdown and seals everyone into the building. As the night evolves, a hilarious game of cat and mouse ensues as Tripp and Kaitlin try to save the day, escape being killed, and avoid falling in love . . . almost.
Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, said: "Since FLYPAPER premiered at Sundance, we have been truly excited to share it with the IFC audience. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s recent success with THE HANGOVER is testament to their comedic talents, and we could not ask for a better cast to back up their hilarious script."
The deal for FLYPAPER was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions & Productions for Sundance Selects/IFC Films and Rena Ronson at UTA with Traction Media.
IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.
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Established in 2000 and based in New York City, IFC Films is a leading U.S. distributor of quality talent-driven independent film. Its unique distribution model makes independent films available to a national audience by releasing them in theaters as well as on cable’s Video On Demand (VOD) platform, reaching nearly 50 million homes. Some of the company’s successes over the years have included My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Touching the Void, 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, Gomorrah, Che, Summer Hours, Antichrist, In the Loop, Antichrist, Wordplay, Cairotime, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, Tiny Furniture and Carlos. Over the years, IFC Films has worked with established and breakout auteurs, including Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee, Richard Linklater, Miranda July, Lars Von Trier, Gaspar Noe, Todd Solondz, Cristian Mungiu, Susanne Bier, Olivier Assayas, Jim McKay, Larry Fessenden, Gregg Araki, Jacques Rivette, Claude Chabrol, as well as more recent breakouts such as Andrea Arnold, Mia Hansen Love, Corneliu Porombiou, Joe Swanberg, Barry Jenkins, Lena Dunham, Aaron Katz, Daryl Wein and Abdellatif Kechiche. IFC Films is a sister division to Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight, and is owned and operated by Rainbow Media.