Magnet Releasing has acquired North American rights to Todd Rohal's comedy "Nature Calls," starring Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, the late Patrice O'Neal (in his final film role), Maura Tierney and Darrell Hammond.The film was written and directed by Rohal ("The Catechism Cataclysm") and produced by Lisa Muskat. David Gordon Green exec produced with David Bausch, Michael Clark and John Hodges.Oswalt stars as a Scoutmaster whose apathetic troop ditches a scout meeting in favor of a TV-themed slumber party hosted by his brother and nemesis, played by Knoxville.Magnet will release the film on VOD platforms on Oct. 4, with a theatrical release to follow on Nov. 9.The deal was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia's Dori Begley with Cinetic Media and CAA.
Hodges previously served as head of production and development at Big Beach Films and exec produced “Our Idiot Brother” and “Safety Not Guaranteed.” He also produced Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ 2013 coming-of-age drama “Kings of Summer,” starring Nick Robinson.
A24’s first hit came in 2013 with James Franco’s “Spring Breakers” grossing more than $32 million, followed by Emma Watson’s “The Bling Ring” with $20 million. It saw significant success in the 2015 awards season with “Room,” which won Brie Larson an Oscar, and “Ex Machina.”
A24 scored its biggest grosser in early 2016 with “The Witch” topping $40 million. Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” became a critical success and awards-season contender. The company is also releasing another awards contender, Annette Bening’s “20th Century Women,” on Dec. 25, 2016.
By late 2016, Katz and Fenkel were still involved in the day-to-date operations to a greater extent than Hodges