Virgil Films has acquired “I Am Chris Farley” and will release the documentary in the late summer in key markets nationwide.
The film, directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, includes interviews with Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon and David Spade. It will debut on Spike on August 10, followed by a VOD release.
The film tracks Farley from his early days in Madison, Wis. and at Marquette University, through his work at Second City, “Saturday Night Live” and in films such as “Tommy Boy” and “Black Sheep.” He died at the age of 33 of a drug overdose in 1997.
The filmmakers included interviews with Farley’s four siblings, including his brother Tom Jr., who wrote the biography “The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts.”
The acquisition was negotiated by Joe Amodei of Virgil Films and Murray, founder and CEO of Network Entertainment.