‘Super’ Scores In Toronto With 7-Figure US Rights Deal

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Super Poster Rainn Wilson Super Scores In Toronto With 7 Figure US Rights Deal

IFC Films was victorious in its bid for the US rights to the James Gunn directed Super after an all night auction at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The company is reported to have outbid the competition (including Magnolia Pictures) with a 7-figure deal.

Super scored huge with the audience at its premier during the “midnight madness low-budget genre program” on Friday night.  Super is the story of Frank D’Arbo’s transformation from an everyman to a plumbers wrench wielding superhero.

Here’s the Super synopsis:

“In Super Frank’s (Rainn Wilson) wife leaves him for a seductive, psychopathic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), Frank is transformed and the Crimson Bolt is born. With a hand-made suit, a wrench, and a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page), the Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife (Liv Tyler). The rules were written a long time ago: You are not supposed to molest children, cut lines or key cars; if you do, prepare to face the wrath of the Crimson Bolt!”

Super Ellen Page Rain Wilson Super Scores In Toronto With 7 Figure US Rights Deal

Given the less than stellar box office performance of Scott Pilgrim vs the World and what some consider a waning audience interest in the superhero genre, Super could be considered a somewhat risky bet. Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn’s prediction that the current  superhero genre boom is reaching its conclusion played into his decision to direct X-Men: First Class while the genre was still hot.

IFC Films seems confident however, that Super can and will win big for them under their new IFC Midnight banner.

Jonathan Sehring, President of IFC Entertainment said, ‘James Gunn has made one of the most creative and subversive films of the year with an outstanding cast including Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. This is exactly the kind of film we want the IFC Midnight brand to be associated with.’

‘I never had to compromise in the making of this movie and I couldn’t be more excited to have found a distribution partner wanting to embrace the extremities and balls-to-the-walls qualities of Super’ said James Gunn.

Judging from this  NSFW (language, violence) clip from the movie and its hilariously talented cast Super has great potential to be a Kick-Ass style success.

I personally love this kind of film and believe that it does have a place in theaters. I also think the measure for success cannot be set against films like The Avengers or Iron Man. These films have vastly dissimilar production budgets than Super as well as franchise draw and star power. It should also be noted that while IFC reportedly paid 7  figures for this film, there is no mention of what the first number in the series of seven is. It is quite possible that this film can easily return on IFC’s investment.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Pretty epic cast, I must say.

    Kevin Bacon and Nathan Fillion in it too? WIN

  2. hahaha “ya, I’m pretty sure it was him..”

  3. so…. it’s pretty much Defendor?

    • Yeah, looks like Defendor without the good parts.

  4. Isnt the Crimson Bolt the name of Calvins super Alter-Ego in “Calvin and Hobbes”?

  5. never mind, it was Stupendous Man. However, when Stupendous Man made an appearance, he always led with “A Crimson Bolt bursts through the air!”

  6. Wow, they nailed the characters. Ellen Page pulled a Merrill Streep and disappeared completely into hers. Page is going to be a unique genius. Too bad about all the unnecessary smeary gore/blood and profanity that will hold this flick to moderate art house success. Good thing they all worked so cheaply (minimum rate as I understand) as the flick will not make a real profit without support. I suggest you do this film again without the bloody effects and any profanity/nudity/bad taste–or at least keep it to a minimum. “You coulda hada franchise. You coulda beenah contendah.” I hate to be pessimistic, but I know what I’m talking about. The snippet is work at the very highest level, like Abbot and Costello or Laurel & Hardy. Comic timing is rarely teachable. Someone with a cagey eye picked out the best and the rest will be perverted drivel that passes for comedy these days. Still, perhaps not? There is a chance, just one chance. Ahh. That would be pretty, would it not? Best of luck to cast and crew. Congratulations on the big price sale. Take the money and clean this hog up in post.

  7. Really similar to Kick-Ass

  8. And the Defendor, actually this looks like a combination of both, not really original.