Bob Berney Restarts Picturehouse, Launching with Metallica Feature
by Alex Billington
January 15, 2013
They're back! First launched in 2005 as a joint venture between New Line & HBO Films, Picturehouse is a small specialty distributor that has gone through a few ups and downs. We covered the news of their demise during the financial collapse in 2008, when they shut down. But everything is back up and running. A press release has confirmed that Berney (who started FilmDistrict and Apparition), after acquiring the trademark & logo from Warner Bros, is relaunching Picturehouse again with Metallica Through The Never as their first release. "We are absolutely thrilled to be back in business under the Picturehouse banner," said Mr. Berney.
The press release announces that Bob Berney will serve as CEO and Jeanne Berney will serve as President of the relaunched company, which will continue to be based in New York. As is usually the mission of a strong indie distributor like this, Bob recalls, "We worked very hard to build it into a brand known for acquiring exciting, challenging and entertaining films from the U.S. and around the world, and helping them find their audiences." Picturehouse will acquire, market and theatrically distribute independent films from around the world. The company expects to release two or three films this year, increasing its output to four or five in 2014 and six or seven after that. Past films include Pan's Labyrinth, La vie en rose and The Orphanage.
Their first release is some sort of Metallica-centric movie called Metallica Through The Never, starring (of course) the members of the iconic rock band and Dane DeHaan. He "plays a young band crew member who is sent out on an urgent mission while the band is playing a rousing live set in front of a sold-out crowd and unexpectedly finds his world turned completely upside down." The film was both written and directed by Nimród Antal (of Kontroll, Predators) and arrives in theaters on August 9th. Beyond that, we'll have to watch and see how this brand new Picturehouse of 2013 shapes up over the course of the year. Sound good?