Deals, deals, deals...the Sundance Film Festival is all about making deals, and the latest is Magnolia Pictures' pick up of Prince Avalanche. The comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch was written and directed by David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) and is "loosely based" on Either Way (an Icelandic film released in 2011).
Prince Avalanche premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, with Variety and The Hollywood Reporter critics both using - strangely enough - the word "warmly" to describe it. Variety calls it "warmly enjoyable" while THR says, "David Gordon Green scales back to a minimalist, character-driven model with warmly satisfying results." Warmly? How bizarre that both critics chose that particular word to use not only in their reviews, but also in the blurbs on RottenTomatoes.
The official synopsis: "Prince Avalanche is an offbeat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that's been ravaged by wildfire. Against this dramatic setting, beautifully shot by frequent Green collaborator Tim Orr, the men bicker and joke with each other, eventually developing an unlikely friendship."
Announcing the pick-up, Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said, "Prince Avalanche is incredibly smart, funny, warm and engaging film, with indelible, iconic performances from both Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch."
There's no firm release date in place, however Magnolia appears to be looking at a summer 2013 release.
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