Paramount Dumping Todd Louiso's Marc Pease Experience
Never heard of The Marc Pease Experience? Exactly. The Playlist caught up with director Todd Louiso recently and got an altogether discouraging update about the expected release of his latest film. The Marc Pease Experience is an indie comedy that stars Jason Schwartzman, Ben Stiller, and Anna Kendrick. It was produced by Paramount Vantage and was ready to be released in 2008. Unfortunately that studio was shut down and merged into Paramount proper last year, leaving the film gasping for air. And now after a year of waiting, it's being dumped into 10 cities in late August, not including New York or Los Angeles.
Schwartzman plays Marc Pease, a man 10 years out of high school and still living in the past when he was the star in his high school's musicals. During the course of one day, as Pease's former teacher/mentor Mr. Gribble (Stiller) oversees the opening night of another show, Pease finally exorcises his demons and realizes there's more to life than Broadway artistry. Sounds a bit like a mix of Rushmore and Hamlet 2, but not necessarily in a good way. Schwartzman is good, but he's no Steve Coogan. I'd love to see it, but apparently it's just "too expensive" to promote this in NY and LA and they don't want to spend any money on it.
"It's been really hard to accept that role [of just waiting helplessly for the thing to come out]. To have complete control over it and then to have no control, and give it over, it's been tough," Louiso said. The small handful cities in which The Marc Pease Experience will debut in on August 21st are: San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, Dallas, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Seattle, Sacramento, and "maybe" Boston. Paramount hasn't released any photos, posters, or even a trailer (besides a few on The Playlist). It's baffling that they can release a film with almost no marketing at all, but that's the exact definition of "dumping."
It also never made it into any film festivals (although I'm not sure if they even tried to get in anyway). For all we know, it could be terrible and not even worth seeing. But considering I like to give every film the benefit of the doubt, especially an indie comedy like this, I'm remaining optimistic until I hear otherwise.