EXCLUSIVE: MVD Entertainment Group acquires worldwide rights to autobiographical coming-of-age comedy 5-25-77from writer/director Patrick Reed JohnsonSpaced Invaders), slated for release in theaters in North America this fall, followed by a digital and VOD presentation.
The film’s title refers to the release date of the George Lucas original in 1977. star Wars a film that turns 45 today. It’s inspired by the true story of a nerdy, aloof, up-and-coming filmmaker named Pat Johnson (John Francis Daley) as he grows up, falls in love, and becomes the very first fan of the movie that changed everything. Austin Pendletonmy cousin Winnie), Colleen Camp (Hard Die with Revenge), Neil Flynn (Scrubs) and Justin Mentell (G-force) is also a star.
Gary Kurtzstar Wars, american graffiti), Fred Rus and Lee Jones produced in collaboration with Filmio Original Pictures with 5-25-77 this is Kurtz’s final film before his passing in 2018. MIA is working with 101 Films International to manage overseas sales.
“It is a real privilege to work with such a talented and dedicated director. Being a big fan of Patrick’s work (especially his film angus) and knowing that 5-25-77 was his passion project, I was determined to invite him to join the MVD family,” said Eric D. Wilkinson, Purchasing Director, MVD Entertainment Group. “MVD’s motto is ‘to serve the artists and the audience’ and I knew we could give Patrick the help and creative freedom to finally finish his film and I’m sure the audience will love the result.”
Johnson added: “On behalf of all the dedicated, passionate (and possibly crazy) people who have followed my course all this time to bring 5-25-77 to the screen, I would like to thank the MIA and the individuals from this amazing company who found something special in our film, which made them go all out so that audiences around the world can get the chance to find something special in it!”
MVD Entertainment Group is an independent full-service entertainment studio and distribution company, exclusively presenting a vast catalog of thousands of audio visual products and content for digital, VOD and packaged media worldwide. Notable past releases include James Franco Zeroville and horror thriller Bev Land, lycan. Wilkinson negotiated a deal 5-25-77 on behalf of MIA, with Johnson and Wayne Alexander, on behalf of 5-25-77, LLC.
The first footage from the film, as well as its poster, can be found above and below.