FilmDistrict/Sony Picks Up Rian Johnson's Sci-Fi 'Looper' for Release
Great news for Rian Johnson - his upcoming science fiction film Looper now has a home. Deadline & THR are reporting that Endgame Entertainment and FilmDistrict are partnering for the theatrical release. They will be releasing it in the US through Sony Pictures's TriStar, which sounds like it may actually get released by Sony proper and not the newly formed FilmDistrict. Looper is a time-travel action thriller that involves a killer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who works for the mob of the future. He, along with other Loopers, dispose of people that are sent from the future. This flick is already one of my most anticipated upcoming releases.
Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict said: "We have been chasing Looper for six months and it is something my entire team agreed would be a great film for us to distribute. The fact that our friends at Sony feel the same makes it even more exciting." For anyone else who wants to chase this film, you can follow their official Tumblr (where that greenscreen car photo above comes from) or the official Twitter. In addition to Gordon-Levitt, the cast includes Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Piper Perabo, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and Jeff Daniels. The film was co-produced by Ram Bergman, Endgame's James D. Stern and DMG.
Our early prediction is that we'll see Looper sometime early next year, in 2012, as Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) has finished shooting, but probably has plenty of work left. I can't imagine Sony will rush this into release by the end of the year, as it's a film that could hit a festival like Toronto first and build some strong buzz before opening in theaters. District 9 is a film that's being thrown around for reference regarding a release model, but Johnson has been more of an art house director and I think his films will have a better start in that world before hitting mainstream. We recently featured a Bruce Willis first look.