Gambling on ‘Duane’

IFC picks up rights to Schwimmer, Garofalo starrer

IFC Films has picked up North American rights to writer-helmer Matt Mulhern’s “Duane Hopwood,” starring David Schwimmer and Janeane Garofalo.

Set in Atlantic City, pic stars Schwimmer as a casino worker who hits a low when he’s arrested for drunken driving, jeopardizing visitation rights with his daughters. Still reeling from the breakup of his marriage, he embarks on an emotional, humorous personal journey.

The film was produced by Elevation Filmworks’ Lemore Syvan and Big Beach banner’s Marc Turtletaub. The two shingles have also paired on the upcoming “Sherry Baby,” starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.

“Duane Hopwood” is “eight years in the making, but with no regrets,” said the helmer. “To write and direct a film about a place that means so much to me is worth the struggle and the wait.”

Pic preemed at Sundance this year.

IFC is rolling out “Duane” as a platform release starting next month.

IFC’s upcoming slate includes “Lonesome Jim,” “Manderlay” and “CSA: Confederate States of America.”