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IFC drops big bucks for James Gunn's dark comedy Super

09.13.2010

Toronto isn't a festival like Sundance where a lot of indie movies show up hoping to get distribution but that isn't to say there isn't some wheelin' and dealin' going on up north. SUPER, one of the biggest TIFF films still looking for a distributor (it did have a panel in Hall H at Comic-Con), screened to rave reviews with The Hollywood Reporter calling it "a giddily over-the-top, super-entertaining goof." (The JoBlo.com review of the film will be posted shortly.) And late yesterday afternoon came word that IFC Films plunked down some serious cash for the rights to the film.

IFC, usually not ones to get involved in 7-figure bidding wars, wound up battling against Magnolia Pictures for SUPER and in the end securing North American distribution rights for an untold amount of money. Though it was more moeny that they're accustomed to spending, IFC said in a statement, "This is exactly the kind of film we want the IFC Midnight brand to be associated with."

In case SUPER has been flying underneath your radar, it follows Frank (Rainn Wilson) whose wife (Liv Tyler) leaves him for a psychopathic drug dealer (Kevin Bacon). Frank snaps 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 winning back his wife.

No word yet on when the film might see release but hopefully sometime soon.

Extra Tidbit: Rumors are this film cost just $4 million.
Source: Deadline

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4:40PM on 09/13/2010
James Gunn is a badass.
James Gunn is a badass.
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1:28PM on 09/13/2010

Page was terrific in Inception

Then again Page is watchable in just about anything

Loved Slither too, can't wait to see how Gunn develops as a director
Then again Page is watchable in just about anything

Loved Slither too, can't wait to see how Gunn develops as a director
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12:18PM on 09/13/2010

Great news!

Slither is a fantastic movie and it's a real shame it didn't hit big at the box office. Sounds like this may make up for it!
Slither is a fantastic movie and it's a real shame it didn't hit big at the box office. Sounds like this may make up for it!
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12:08PM on 09/13/2010
Either IFC or Magnolia. Give it to either of them and I know they'd do a good job. Glad to see it finally got picked up.
Either IFC or Magnolia. Give it to either of them and I know they'd do a good job. Glad to see it finally got picked up.
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11:39AM on 09/13/2010

Kevin Bacon as a psychopathic drug dealer?

I'll watch this for that reason alone.
I'll watch this for that reason alone.
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11:32AM on 09/13/2010
I think the movie sounds great. If it's anything like Kick Ass, then we're in for a good time. I have a feeling that it's going to be more like Defendor than Kick Ass, which isn't a bad thing.
I think the movie sounds great. If it's anything like Kick Ass, then we're in for a good time. I have a feeling that it's going to be more like Defendor than Kick Ass, which isn't a bad thing.
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9:36AM on 09/13/2010

Love Ellen Page, Hated Inception, Neutral on Super for now but will definitely see it

Ellen Page is my favorite actress, I especially loved her in Hard Candy and that was one of my two favorite movies of the last decade, Maria Full of Grace being the other one. However, I HATED her last movie, Inception. I thought it was completely boring, DiCaprio is my least favorite actor, Hollywood Nolan is less interesting than regular Nolan, it wasted Ellen Page, and was one of the rare movies that made me dislike Joseph Gordon Levitt (500 Days of Summer being one of my favorite movies
Ellen Page is my favorite actress, I especially loved her in Hard Candy and that was one of my two favorite movies of the last decade, Maria Full of Grace being the other one. However, I HATED her last movie, Inception. I thought it was completely boring, DiCaprio is my least favorite actor, Hollywood Nolan is less interesting than regular Nolan, it wasted Ellen Page, and was one of the rare movies that made me dislike Joseph Gordon Levitt (500 Days of Summer being one of my favorite movies of last year). So, hopefully Super will be better. Here's a clip from Super if you're interested.

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11:30AM on 09/13/2010
I just don't understand your post.
I just don't understand your post.
4:38PM on 09/13/2010
yeah i don't understand it either. how did you not like inception? I DON'T UNDERSTAND, ITS SOOOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND.
yeah i don't understand it either. how did you not like inception? I DON'T UNDERSTAND, ITS SOOOO HARD TO UNDERSTAND.
9:25AM on 09/13/2010
Ehhhh . . . conflicted. Sick of Rain Wilson. Sick of comic-influenced films, in spite of liking Kick Ass. But I still want to see and hear more about this.
Ehhhh . . . conflicted. Sick of Rain Wilson. Sick of comic-influenced films, in spite of liking Kick Ass. But I still want to see and hear more about this.
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