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Goldwyn drops in ‘Waiting for Lightning’

Acquires rights to Bandito Bros.' docu on skateboarder Danny Way

Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired all U.S. rights to the Bandito Brothers’ documentary “Waiting for Lightning,” the SXSW entry that chronicles the extraordinary life of skateboarding pioneer Danny Way and his record-breaking jump over the Great Wall of China. Goldwyn plans a fall 2012 release.

Announcement comes on the eve of the X Games in downtown Los Angeles, where Thursday’s lineup includes skateboarding’s Big Air competition — an event that Way spawned by inventing the mega-ramp more than a decade ago.

Jacob Rosenberg directed the Bandito Brothers production, made in association with DC Shoes. Producers include Rosenberg, Max Leitman, Darryl Franklin and Hana Ripperger-Suhler.

Through footage of the wall jump, archival reels and interviews with action-sport luminaries including Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen and Laird Hamilton, “Waiting for Lightning” tells the story of Way, whose early passion for skateboarding propelled him from a troubled home in Vista, Calif., to become not only one of the toughest, most talented skaters in history, but also its greatest innovator.

“We are stoked to be working on such an incredible film,” said Goldwyn SVP Peter Goldwyn. “The legendary Danny Way is a true visionary. Jacob’s film is a nail-biting and inspirational story that we can’t wait to share with audiences across the country.”

Rosenberg added: “Bandito couldn’t be more excited about working with Samuel Goldwyn Films. Their enthusiasm and vision for bringing Danny’s story to the big screen aligns with all of our hopes for what a release could offer.”

Deal was negotiated by Ian Puente on behalf of Goldwyn; ICM Partners on behalf of the filmmakers; and Richard Thompson of Bloom Hergot on behalf of the producers. WME reps both Bandito Brothers and Rosenberg, who’s also repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners.