Palm Pictures has acquired the worldwide distribution rights to “Spaceman” — an indie pic from Scott Dikkers, the Onion.com’s co-owner and editor.
The Film Co., Palm’s international sales agent, will screen “Spaceman” at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, seeking international sales and distribution. Plans for domestic release are still undetermined.
Prior to pacting with distrib Palm, “Spaceman” won the Austin Film Festival’s audience award. Dikkers had self-distribbed the film in Chi, where positive reviews caught Palm’s attention.
An ultra-low-budget actioner/laffer, “Spaceman” marks the helming and scripting debut for Dikkers. Tale updates the no-budget sci-fi pics of the 1950s with a twist: Abducted by aliens as a child, the Spaceman returns to Earth reprogrammed as a ruthless drone. Finding work as a contract killer for the mob, he then begins a quest to find his long-lost mother — with FBI agents steps behind him.
“This film is an enjoyable, indie-spirited feature that possesses all of the elements of a cult classic,” said Marvin Gleicher, head of theatrical distribution and home entertainment for Palm Pictures.
Dikkers heads the Onion, a satirical AP-wire-style send-up of current events and arcana that is printed and appears online; he is also the editor of the tome “Our Dumb Century,” which currently resides at No. 7 of the New York Times bestseller list.
The Onion Books’ “The Onion’s Finest News Reporting: Volume One,” was released on April 4, and it too is a New York Times bestseller.
Dikkers was repped by David Miner 3 Arts Entertainment in Gotham. Gleicher brokered the deal for Palm.