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Lionsgate and Roadside Getting Into Jeff Nichols' 'Mud' for US Distribution

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood August 16, 2012 at 1:26PM

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in discussions to take US rights to director Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which debuted at Cannes. The coming-of-age story, set in Arkansas, stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon. The distributor/partners also teamed on "Margin Call" and upcoming "Arbitrage," starring Richard Gere.
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Jeff Nichols' "Mud."

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in discussions to take US rights to director Jeff Nichols' "Mud," which debuted at Cannes. The coming-of-age story, set in Arkansas, stars Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon. The distributor/partners also teamed on "Margin Call" and upcoming "Arbitrage," starring Richard Gere.

Roadside's Howard Cohen says, "'Mud' is a riveting mystery thriller set in American river country with a stellar cast by one of our greatest new cinematic voices."  

Lionsgate and Roadside are eyeing a 2013 release. Producer FilmNation handled the film's foreign sales.

While Nichols' previous film "Take Shelter," starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, won both the Critics Week Grand Prize and the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes (plus a slew of other nominations and top ten list mentions in 2011), at Cannes some critics were underwhelmed by this more commercial effort. Nonetheless "Mud" so far registers a healthy 88% on the Tomatometer.

This article is related to: Mud, News, Take Shelter, Jeff Nichols, Indies


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.