“Boyhood” has grown up to impress Hollywood’s studio system.
After breaking out this summer as a critical and box office hit for IFC Films, Paramount Home Media Distribution has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights to Richard Linklater’s drama. Deal should give the film considerable exposure at retail when it makes its way onto homevideo platforms sometime this fall.
The studio has yet to disclose when it will release the film, but Paramount will handle all physical and Internet digital home entertainment distribution following the film’s theatrical run. IFC Films will handle VOD and EST sales to cable, satellite and telco providers, releasing it simultaneously with Paramount’s efforts on certain platforms.
Linklater, who also wrote “Boyhood,” lensed the film over the past 12 years with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette and Lorelei Linklater, in order to document star Ellar Coltrane growing up on screen as the character of Mason.
The film has captivated audiences, earning $14 million in the U.S. and nearly $9 million so far overseas. “Boyhood” cost $4 million to produce and was released July 11.
“We are thrilled and delighted to bring Richard Linklater’s extraordinary film to home viewing audiences,” said Amy Reinhard, president, worldwide television and home media acquisitions, Paramount Pictures. “’Boyhood’ is an exceptional and unique piece of cinematic artistry that explores universal themes that everyone can appreciate.”
Reinhard added that Paramount will “bring all of Paramount’s home media division’s resources to bear and leverage our numerous distribution platforms in order to ensure that ‘Boyhood,’ reaches the broadest possible audience and look forward to giving viewers a chance to go behind-the-scenes with bonus footage chronicling the 12 years of work that went into this outstanding achievement.”
In addition to “Boyhood,” Paramount Home Media Distribution also recently acquired the rights to CNN Films’ “Ivory Tower,” about the American higher education system at a crisis point; actor William H. Macy’s feature directorial debut “Rudderless,” starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez and Laurence Fishburne; and director Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas,” starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham and Swanberg.