Cinemanx to release Zac Efron pic on Nov. 25
Isle of Man-based producer Cinemanx has set Nov. 25 as the release date for Richard Linklater’s “Me and Orson Welles,” starring Zac Efron and Claire Danes.Freestyle Releasing will handle the theatrical launch of “Welles,” centered on a teenage actor cast as Julius Caesar as reimagined by Orson Welles at his Mercury Theater in 1937. Screenplay by Holly Gent Palmo and Vince Palmo is based on Robert Kaplow’s novel. The production-financing shingle, which is funded through the island’s prosperous film fund, has arranged a partnership for U.S. releases with four other entities — Warner Bros. Home Video will handle the DVD release; Hart/Lunsford Pictures is funding the P&A costs; John Sloss’ Cinetic Media is handling sales; and Russell Schwartz’s Pandemic Marketing will handle marketing. “We’ve developed what we believe is an exciting road map for distributing this film, one we hope will pave the way for many others to come,” said chairman Steve Christian, who is descended from “Mutiny on the Bounty” mutineer Fletcher Christian. “The climate is such that there are fewer homes for films of this quality and budget range and it is important to create new options.” Although off the coast of England, the island is independently governed and has become a tax haven and popular production locale. Cinemanx has three films in post-production: “Heartless,” starring Jim Sturgess, Eddie Marsan and Timothy Spall and directed by Philip Ridley; “Wild Target,” starring Bill Nighy, Emily Blunt, Rupert Grint and Rupert Everett and directed by Jonathan Lynn; and “The Disappearance of Alice Creed.” “Alice Creed” is set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.