MONTREAL — Red Sky Entertainment of Vancouver has inked a deal giving it an exclusive first-look distribution agreement for all Maple Palm Prods. product in Canada.
The first pic under the agreement is “Home Brew,” the followup to the 1983 comedy “Strange Brew,” which will once again topline Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as beer-swilling siblings, the McKenzie Bros.
“The awareness factor (of the McKenzie Bros.) is really high in Canada,” Red Sky veepee Dave Forget said. “There’s just this ongoing love affair with these guys. We think the film has huge potential in Canada.”
“Home Brew” also stars Dan Aykroyd and will be directed by Paul Flaherty (“Clifford”). Lensing is set to begin in Toronto in July. Red Sky will handle the pic in English Canada, with Montreal-based Equinox Entertainment releasing the film in Quebec.
“We have a corporate presence both in Los Angeles and Toronto, and we have been looking for a strategic Canadian distribution partner to complement our U.S. relationships,” Maple Palm topper Dave Thomas said.
The deal was negotiated on behalf of Red Sky by Forget, while Maple Palm was repped by vice president Mark Barbolak.
Late last week, founding Red Sky president Tony Cianciotta resigned, and company chief financial officer Mike Smallwood was upped to prexy.