Newly launched Little Luca plans to distribute Topher Grace’s drama “Opening Night” this fall, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film was produced by Dark Factory’s Daniel Posada along with Jason Tamasco, Alex Garcia and Topher Grace, and was directed by Isaac Rentz. It stars Grace, Lauren Lapkus, Alona Tal, Taye Diggs, Anne Heche, J.C. Chasez, Rob Riggle, Paul Scheer, Brian Husky and Lesli Margherita.
“Opening Night” had its world premiere earlier this month at the LA film Festival. Grace portrays a failed Broadway star turned stage manager who must wrangle the eccentric cast and crew of a new production, to save the show’s opening night.
The film received third party offers for distribution but, after evaluation, Dark Factory decided to self-distribute through the new Little Luca distribution label.
Slated to release 2 to 3 films a year, Little Luca is positioned to acquire and distribute story-driven projects across all genres with budgets up to $5 million. Tamasco and Posada will be at the Toronto International Film Festival later this year actively looking to acquire products outside of Dark Factory titles.
The first project that was acquired by the Little Luca film division is “The Bad Guys,” starring Erik Stocklin, Glen Powell, Mekenna Melvin, Keith Nobbs, Paul Iacono and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe.
Dark Factory currently produces one to two films per year. Founded in 2012 by Posada and Castellano, along with other producers from Mexico, their first U.S. film was “Bound to Vengeance,” which had a Sundance premiere and was acquired by IFC during the festival.
Dark Factory is currently finishing up post-production on “Deadtectives,” a horror-comedy with crossover elements that shot both in Mexico and the U.S.
Little Luca is represented by Stutz Law Corp.