As the Toronto Film Festival got under way Thursday, Myriad Pictures picked up all international rights to Edward Burns’ romantic comedy “Nice Guy Johnny.”
Burns wrote, directed and toplines the pic. Kerry Bishe (“Scrubs”) and Matt Bush (“Adventureland”) also star.
“Nice Guy Johnny,” which had its world preem earlier this year at the Tribeca fest, tells the story of a baby-faced 24-year-old (Bush) who is about to trade his dream job in talk radio for a boring gig that will pay enough to please his fiance. He spends the weekend in the Hamptons with his womanizing uncle (Burns), who introduces him to a wild and beautiful woman who forces him to make the toughest decision of his life.
Burns produced the pic with his producing partner Aaron Lubin and William Rexer II, who was also d.p. Mike Harrop co-produced. Burns and Lubin are teaming with FilmBuff to release the film on VOD in the U.S. on Oct. 26. FilmBuff is a division of John Sloss’ Cinetic Media.
“Ed is a brilliant and humorous storyteller who builds fully formed characters from everyday life,” Myriad CEO-prexy Kirk D’Amico said.
Pic is among the projects Myriad will be shopping to foreign buyers at Toronto, including Jacob Tierney’s thriller “Good Neighbours,” starring Jay Baruchel and Scott Speedman. Latter makes its world preem at the fest on Sept. 14.