Louis C.K.’s Comedy ‘I Love You, Daddy’ Sells to The Orchard for $5 Million

Louis C.K.'s 'I Love You, Daddy'

The Orchard has locked up worldwide rights to Louis C.K.’s “I Love You, Daddy,” a dark comedy, shot in black-and-white.

“I Love You, Daddy” sure sounds controversial, and has already inspired some negative op-eds. It centers on a successful television writer whose daughter becomes the object of an older filmmaker idol’s obsessions. His daughter, played by Chloë Grace Moretz, is 17. The director is played by John Malkovich, who is several decades removed from the teenager.


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It’s certainly an auteur effort. C.K shot the film in secret earlier this year, wrote the screenplay, produced the picture, and stars. He probably also handled the coffee runs. The film co-stars Rose Byrne, Edie Falco, Charlie Day, Pamela Adlon, Ebonee Noel, and Helen Hunt. The Orchard paid $5 million for the picture.

Variety’s Owen Gleiberman gave the film a mixed notice, writing, “It’s like ‘Louie’ meets ‘Manhattan,’ but it needs an editor.”

The Orchard’s releases include “The Hero” with Sam Elliott, the Oscar-nominated “Cartel Land,” and “The Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” It will be screening “Kings” and “Beats Per Minute” at the festival.

The deal was negotiated by The Orchard and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky. Mike Berkowitz from APA represented C.K.

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  1. Maria says:

    Dear journalists, I have a question…

    “The Orchard paid $5 million for the picture.”

    Where does this information really come from? From Louis C.K. ? From The Orchard ?

    Is there a possibility to check, if it’s true?
    I don’t think that’s possible, is it?

    I’m asking this, because I have seen a pattern in the last years, that goes like this:

    A famous person is accused of serious misconduct and has a serious P.R. problem.
    He denies everything, but even if he’s no case for the law, his public reputation and therefore
    his ‘value’ for the entertainment industry is suddenly questionable.
    Suddenly – against all expectations – it is announced, that this troubled person made a major deal
    with a company, where we get an unusually high number of dollars.
    Now his public reputation seems to be ‘restored’ again, because there seem to be people
    in the entertainment industry, who value him highly, right?

    We saw this script when Woody Allen seems to make great business with Amazon etc.,
    even after he was accused of sexual molestation by his former step daughter.

    We see it now again with Louis C.K., who some suggested had disturbing sexual behavior,
    which is not good for a famous comedian.

    My analysis as someone with experience in P.R. would be this:
    These ‘big deals’ never happened.
    Or if they happened, The Orchard will get a huge chunk of it back.
    Because such a small and quickly made-on-the-cheap film can’t possibly be of such value,
    especially after the allegations against Louis C.K.

    What really happened is, that Louis C.K.’s P.R. people got into contact with The Orchard and they had an agreement, that it would be better for all parties involved, if they made the deal appear ‘bigger’ than it really was, because…
    a) it would help the reputation of Louis C.K. at a serious time
    b) it makes this small, low-budget film appear more attractive than it is

    In short:
    This deal is a fiction, engineered for the press & film business to help Louis C.K.’s public image.
    It’s called damage control.

    • John says:

      The source for the $ 5 mill deal seems to be Louis C.K.’s publicist Lewis Kay:

      “On Monday the distribution company The Orchard bought the film for $5 million, according to Louis C.K.’s publicist, Lewis Kay. (The comedian self-financed the movie, which was still in postproduction up until the premiere.)” [from: New York Times, 11th Sept. 2017]

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