Sony Classics to Release ‘The Bronze’ After Relativity Bankruptcy Filing

Sony Pictures Classics will release the Melissa Rauch comedy “The Bronze,” which has been tied up in the Relativity Media bankruptcy, in North America.

The movie is Bryan Buckley’s directorial debut, written by Melissa Rauch (“Big Bang Theory”) and Winston Rauch. Melissa Rauch stars alongside Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, Hailey Lu Richardson and Cecily Strong, and portrays a foul-mouthed former gymnastics bronze medalist who must fight for her local celebrity status when a new young athlete’s star rises in town.

Relativity paid $3 million for the domestic rights in January following the premiere of “The Bronze.” Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ label Stage 6 Films acquired worldwide rights prior to the start of the production and will distribute internationally.

Variety reported on Sept. 8 that Relativity had removed “The Bronze” from its release schedule along with “The Disappointments Room” and “Before I Wake.” The Bronze” had been set for an Oct. 16 launch but Sony Classics did not disclose a release date in its announcement Friday.

An informed source said that the rights reverted to Sony when it terminated the Relativity license prior to the bankruptcy filing.

Relativity’s financial woes had prevented the studio from marketing its completed pictures, which are the subject of a July lawsuit from RKA Film Financing, which says it is owed more than $75 million for promotional loans. The film financing company, which filed the suit prior to the July 30 bankruptcy filing, alleges the money was diverted to Relativity’s general operating expenses.

“The Bronze”  is a Duplass Brothers Production and is produced by Stephanie Langhoff and executive produced by Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Bryan Buckley, Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch, and Michael C. Cuddy.

“Making ‘The Bronze’ was a dream come true for us and we could not be more thrilled to have Sony Pictures Classics release it” said Melissa and Winston Rauch in a statement. “We’re tremendous fans of their films and it is a true honor to be included amongst them.”

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