It was on our top-list for Sundance 2014, and sure enough ‘Frank’ got picked up for distribution by Magnolia Pictures. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy but if you’re quick enough to recognize him (he wears a mask the entire movie) you can also pick out Michael Fassbender.
It was confirmed earlier today that Magnolia Pictures chose to reserve the rights for North American distribution to Frank, the dark indie-comedy was a hit at the screening and has done well in the headlines since Sundance. The studio set a tentative “Summer 2014” release date for the title, but not a fixed date.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamsonn, Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan cowrote the script. The project itself is of a struggling musician played by Gleeson, with Fassbender as Frank the musical genius and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy rounding out the band. Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles stated, “All of us at Magnolia were completely taken with Frank.”
Bowles went on to say, “It reaffirms the considerable talents of Lenny Abrahamson, who has delivered a beautiful, poignant and hilarious film that speaks on many levels about being an artist. That Michael Fassbender can be so affecting while encased in a papier-mâché head proves that he is one of the greatest actors working today.”
A release date will be confirmed over the coming weeks.