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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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