FilmDistrict/Sony Picks Up Rian Johnson's Sci-Fi 'Looper' for Release

May 15, 2011
Source: Deadline, THR

Rian Johnson's Looper

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.

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What's with the gun that's been appearing in your pictures lately Alex? 

Quanah on May 15, 2011


Yeah, I was going to ask the same thing. I've only noticed them on the articles pertaining to Rian Johnson's "Looper", so I'm assuming it has something to do with either the director or the movie. It's not a "Brick" reference, is it?

Joshua m on May 15, 2011


You don't know?! It's the production logo for the film! On the twitter and tumblr:!/loopermovie Since the film doesn't have an official logo yet, or a title treatment or anything, I've been using that gun as a visual reference for Looper. It's part of the production, that's why I reference it so much.

Alex Billington on May 15, 2011


Good to know, not everyone checks other sites for film news, you should mention stuff like that. 

Staatz on May 16, 2011


Such an amazing concept to think of time travel as a means of elimination.  I think these are just the type of ideas that would definitely entertain the general public.  This is what brought me to this industry as well.  To have the opportunity to create and tell my stories as I envision them to be, wow such an awesome feeling. Original ideas and storytelling is what I am mostly attracted to.  To be able to create an idea and form it into a story require great vision and insight.  Congrats to all who've made this a possibility.  I look forward to its release.     Rennie Sharp

Californiatonewyork on May 15, 2011


Sweet, Garret Dillahunt as well. This should be fun to watch!

Neuromancer on May 15, 2011



Rey on May 16, 2011


this is not an art house movie,this is a big sf/action movie with some serious cgi and all...but its gonna be amazing...

easy company on May 16, 2011

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