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Stewart, Jett Hit Sundance with Apparition's The Runaways

by Anne Thompson
December 14, 2009 8:21 AM
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It's no surprise that Apparition picked up all U.S. rights to Kristen Stewart vehicle The Runaways, which was fully financed by River Road and produced with Linson Entertainment. It's the first Apparition/River Road theatrical collaboration (Terrence Malick's Tree of Life, due in 2010, will be their second). The deal closed two weeks ago.

Here's the deal. As excited as all of Stewart's Twilight followers are at the prospect of seeing her as groundbreaking rocker Joan Jett--both Stewart-starrers The Runaways and Welcome to the Rileys are the most scheduled and visited films on the Sundance site-- this is a low-budget indie movie made for less than $10 million. The music picture barely got finished in time to show fest programmers, and will be mixing right up to the delivery of a wet print at the festival, which opens January 21. The good news: Apparition chief Bob Berney can use the fest as a launch pad for the indie film's March 19 release. And yes, it looks like exec producer Joan Jett will do her best to perform there.

The Runaways goes back to the 70s when tough-as-nails Jett and her Southern California teenage bandmates (New Moon co-star Dakota Fanning plays sex-kitten Cherie Currie) were among the first hard-rocking all-girl bands. They actually flew to Tokyo to perform at age 15. Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) also stars as rock impresario Kim Fowley.

The R-rated movie is "definitely indie in style, filmed artfully and stylistically," says Berney. "It's edgy and rough, with female appeal for Stewart's audience." Adapted from Currie's autobiography by Floria Sigismondi, the film was also directed by the music-videomaker (David Bowie, The White Stripes and Christina Aguilera). The film is produced by John Linson, Art Linson and Bill Pohlad.

9 Comments

  • Jaclyn | December 21, 2009 12:42 AMReply

    fairportfan


    I really don't think that matters. I mean if Joan Jett wanted kristen to play 15 or w/e age then that's what she wants. She produced the movie with help from Cherie in which the movie is based off the book Neon Angels.

    Kristen & Joan are sexy anyway lol.

  • fairportfan | December 16, 2009 1:07 AMReply

    Hate to spoil people's fantasies, but Joan Jett was nineteen, not fifteen, when the Runaways went to Tokyo in 1977 (born in 1958 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joan_jett)...

  • Matt | December 15, 2009 5:21 AMReply

    Scary betting that Stewart has a decent sized fanbase outside of anything Twilight related.

  • jki | December 15, 2009 4:00 AMReply

    I totally loss faith on Bob Berney. He totally mishandled two great films "Bright Star" and "Black Dynamite", and the films flopped badly.

    I also don't know why Berney choose to opens "The Runaways" on March 19. Two other bigger specialty distributors (Miramax and Sony Classics) also open two other films separately on the same day.
    http://www.comingsoon.net/movies.php?year=2010&month=03

  • Anne Thompson | December 15, 2009 1:53 AMReply

    this was the best arrangement, especially as the film clearly requires the kind of special handling berney can provide. otherwise they'd be throwing it into a nasty marketplace.

  • JD | December 15, 2009 1:48 AMReply

    Joey: Actually, I reckon this was never even offered to other distributors as Joan Jett has been saying this would have a early 2010 release since before they started post.

  • Liz | December 15, 2009 12:07 AMReply

    Screenplay is a bit of a mess. The story is all over the place. I wonder if director Floria Sigismondi has anything up her sleeves to make a feature length movie work, though i'm not convinced. Visuals should be interesting though.

  • Joey | December 14, 2009 10:24 AMReply

    Translation: no other company stepped up to buy the film at a real price and Linson could not handle more Sundance humiliation after Just What Happened a few years ago.

  • me | December 14, 2009 9:26 AMReply

    This film is going to Rock Sundance and kick some ass.

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