The Orchard’s buying spree continues. The film distributor has picked up rights in all English-language territories to the comedy “A Stand Up Guy,” Variety has learned.
The movie, which is now in post-production, is directed and written by Mike Young. It tells the story of a mobster (Danny A. Abeckaser) who tries to disappear in the Witness Protection Program, only to become an Internet celebrity when his open-mic set goes viral.
The cast includes Michael Rapaport, Ethan Suplee, Moran Attias, Bob Saget and Jay Ferguson.
“A Stand Up Guy” will debut in select theaters and VOD early next year.
“I’m excited to work with the Orchard because of their enthusiasm for quality and their creative approach to distribution,” said Young in a statement. “Immediately after meeting with the team I could see we were on the same page. This is a film involving standup comedy, and we both realized that with my comedy background and their creative distribution ideas and global reach, there was a built-in platform to launch and spread the word.”
Under senior VP of film and TV Paul Davidson, the Orchard has made an aggressive play this year in acquiring higher-profile indies, including the Sundance sex comedy “The Overnight” (which opens on June 19), the drug doc “Cartel Land,” the SXSW drama “Lamb,” and the Cannes Jesse Eisenberg-starrer “Louder Than Bombs.”
The deal was negotiated by the Orchard’s senior director of acquisitions Craig Sussman and Stratford Sandler Des Rochers’ Gray Krauss.