After Seven Years 'All the Boys Love Mandy Lane' Hitting US Theaters
By now you're probbaly already familiar with director Jonathan Levine after his films The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies all rounded up decent season audiences. What you may not know is that Levine's very first film, titled All the Boys Mandy Lane, was finished before all those movies in 2006. The horror flick impressed audiences at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and was auctioned off to The Wenstein Co. back then for $3.5 million. However, the film has yet to see a real release in the United States. But now the company's Radius-TWC genre arm will finally release it sometime this year in at least the top 50 markets.
Here's the original trailer for All the Boys Love Mandy Lane when it was released in the UK:
Levine's All the Boys Love Mandy Lane follows a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane (Amber Heard), a good girl who became quite hot over the summer and is now the object of many boys' affection, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop quite mysteriously. Deadline says the film almost got released once before by way of another German company, but it went under before a theatrical release could be planned. Since then it's been stuck between a potential direct-to-video release and a limited theatrical run the last few years. Now it's getting the latter.
It's not really clear what changed their minds, but Levine states: "I am incredibly proud of the film and of the hard work that my cast and collaborators put into it, and I am so happy the world will finally get a chance to see it." Without any real explanation for a lack of support, other than a supposed terrible test screening, Harvey and Bob Weinstein add, "We've always loved Mandy Lane. Radius shares our passion for the film and will get in front of the widest possible audience." It'll be interesting to go back to the beginning of Levine's career and see how it stacks up against Levine's recent work. Are you interested in seeing this?