Roadside Attractions Picking Up Jeff Nichols' Cannes Favorite 'Mud'
Finally - hooray! This was one of my top favorite films coming out of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this summer (review), and I was expecting it to get picked up quickly, but it never did. Thompson on Hollywood is finally reporting that Roadside Attractions, with Lionsgate, are "in discussions" to acquire the US distribution rights to Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols' new film Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Michael Shannon, Jacob Lofland and Tye Sheridan from The Tree of Life. I'm very glad to hear it's finally getting picked up by someone, as this is an indie gem and deserves to be seen! Read on.
Mud stars Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland as Ellis and Neckbone, two young boys living on the Mississippi who encounter a drifter with a sordid past, played by Matthew McConaughey. In my review, I described it as "Stand By Me of the Southern Wild because it's a blend of the classic Stand By Me and the charm of Sundance hit Beasts of the Southern Wild." The official description calls Mud "a riveting mystery thriller set in American river country with a stellar cast by one of our greatest new cinematic voices." Couldn't agree more, I think Jeff Nichols is one of the best up-and-coming directors around. While I was hoping that we might get to see Mud this year, their post says "Lionsgate and Roadside are eyeing a 2013 release." Dang!
While we wait for Roadside/Lionsgate to put together their release plan for Mud, hopefully it will show up at a few other film festivals over the next few months. It's one of those films that really impressed me and left an impact when I first saw it in Cannes, and I've been waiting to support it and see it released for everyone to watch. We'll keep you updated, on anything involving Jeff Nichols. Watch Take Shelter in the meantime.