‘Way’ inks rights deals

PARK CITY, Utah — North American rights to Mark Pellington’s stylish first feature “Going All the Way” have sold to Gramercy Pictures, while Polygram will handle the U.K. and Germany. The deal was estimated to be in the low seven figures.

Based on Dan Wakefield’s coming-of-age novel about two young men outgrowing their lives in Indianapolis after the Korean War, the pic features strong performances by Ben Affleck and Jeremy Davies. Davies is best known for his work in David O. Russell’s “Spanking the Monkey,” while writer-actor Affleck is appearing here in Kevin Smith’s “Chasing Amy.” Jill Clayburgh, Amy Locane, Rachel Weisz, Rose McGowan and Lesley Ann Warren round out the cast.

Pellington is a veteran musicvideo maker whose credits include Pearl Jam’s “Jeremy” and the PBS program “The United States of Poetry.” He is well-known in Hollywood for his haunting short film called “Father’s Daze.”

“We feel Mark’s film is an honest, penetrating story, with tremendous breakout potential,” Gramercy Pictures president Russell Schwartz said. “We applaud Tom Rosenberg and Lakeshore for their vision in wanting to make this unique story.”

Lakeshore chairman and CEO Rosenberg was an executive producer on “Going All the Way” along with Ted Tan-nebaum and Michael Mendelsohn. Tom Gorai and Sigurjon Sighvatsson were the producers. Pellington is repped by International Creative Management.

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