“There’s a hopeless man stranded in the wild and he stumbles on a dead body and he puppeteers it to be his best friend and his multipurpose tool and they go on a journey to get home and it’s called ‘Swiss Army Man.’” Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank (Paul Dano) has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body washes ashore, and he soon…
Some quick distro news coming out of the Sundance Film Festival as Variety is reporting that A24 has landed North American distribution rights to Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.
Several distributors had bid on and were circling the project. A24, which landed the film in the low seven-figure range, will give Swiss Army Man a robust theatrical release over the summer.
The film premiered at Sundance last Friday, where it became one of the festival’s most talked-about titles. The story about a man (Dano) who comes across a corpse (Radcliffe) that comes to life divided audiences. But it also received standing ovations in later screenings and good reviews from critics who liked the offbeat directorial debut from the music video duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.
The film was produced by Jonathan Wang, Lawrence Inglee, Miranda Bailey, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon and Lauren Mann. Executive producers are Gideon Tadmor, William Olsson and Jim Kaufman.
You always want to be a part of, like, the Woody Allen tribe, how he uses a lot of the same actors, or Scorsese, or Tarantino. You love the idea, but I never had that. Now I have that. Me, Oren, Ben Foster, [producer] Lawrence Inglee, [producer] Ken Kao. I think this is a little group that will stay together and do a lot of things.