“Barrymore,” the filmed version of the Christopher Plummer-toplined stage bio of the legendary thesp, will hit Canuck movie theaters this spring ahead of dates in the U.S. and elsewhere later in the year.
BY Experience, the bigscreen distributor of alternative digital content including the Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” series and the “NT Live” program from London’s National Theater, joins the pic’s exec producers, Steve Kalafer and Peter LeDonne, in presenting the film in Canadian theaters starting in May ahead of openings in the U.S. and other territories in October.
Shot over several days at Toronto’s Elgin Theater, “Barrymore” sees Plummer re-create the stage role that won him a Tony in 1997. Eric Canuel helms the pic.
Director also adapted the script from the William Luce play that depicts John Barrymore looking back on his life and career while rehearsing for a 1942 backer’s audition for a revival of “Richard III.” John Plumpis appears in the pic as Barrymore’s prompter.
Garth H. Drabinsky, whose company Livent produced “Barrymore” on Broadway before Drabinsky was convicted of fraud in 2009, produces the movie version with exec producers Kalafer and LeDonne.