Disney’s Searchlight Pictures acquired the worldwide rights to a new film called “Theater Camp” at this year’s Sundance Film Festival for around $8 million dollars.
Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman have directed the new film, which stars Gordon and Ben Platt as longtime best friends who return to an upstate run-down theater camp that is imperilled when its founder lapses into a coma due to an unfortunate strobe-light incident. Her son takes over, and he tries to stave off foreclosure even though he initially has little interest in greasepaint and the boards.
Gordon and Lieberman said in a statement to Variety:
“We could not possibly imagine a better home for ‘Theater Camp’ than Searchlight Pictures! It is an absolute dream to become a part of their incredible and rich history that includes so many of our favorite films. This movie is about the joy of bringing people together in a room, and for Searchlight to see the importance of sharing it in theaters means so much to us. We are beyond grateful and thrilled.”
Erik Feig, the founder of Picturestart added:
“Making this movie with the supremely talented Ben, Molly, Nick, and Noah, the amazing Gloria Sanchez gang, and our friends at Topic Studios was a complete dream. The rest of the dream was to bring the film to Sundance where we would have an incredible screening and then got bought by Searchlight, who could bring it to audiences around the world like they did with other Sundance titles including ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ and ‘Napoleon Dynamite.’ And NOW that dream is coming true! We cannot wait for this movie to play in theaters, with real audiences, brought to them by the uniquely gifted team of Searchlight.”
The film will be getting a theatrical release first, before it will likely then head to Disney’s streaming services around the world, including Hulu, Star+ and Disney+.
“Theater Camp” is produced by Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and PictureStart’s Erik Feig, Samie Kim Falvey, Julia Hammer, Ryan Heller, Maria Zuckerman, Noah Galvin, Gordon, Lieberman and Platt.