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Toronto Deal: Magnolia Buys 'The Right Kind of Wrong,' Starring Ryan Kwanten

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood September 6, 2013 at 10:45PM

Just before its Toronto Film Festival debut next Thursday, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to "The Right Kind of Wrong," a romantic comedy directed by Jeremiah Chechik ("National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," "Benny & Joon"). "'The Right is Wrong' is a lovely, well-directed crowdpleaser, and its winning cast shines,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Ryan Kwanten especially shows a new side of himself that his fans will appreciate.”
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'The Right Kind of Wrong'
'The Right Kind of Wrong'

Just before its Toronto Film Festival debut next Thursday, Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to "The Right Kind of Wrong," a romantic comedy directed by Jeremiah Chechik ("National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation," "Benny & Joon"). "'The Right is Wrong' is a lovely, well-directed crowdpleaser, and its winning cast shines,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Ryan Kwanten especially shows a new side of himself that his fans will appreciate.”

Ryan Kwanten and Catherine O'Hara in 'The Right Kind of Wrong'
Ryan Kwanten and Catherine O'Hara in 'The Right Kind of Wrong'

The film is stars Ryan Kwanten ("True Blood") as a sad sack writer-dishwater whose ex-wife has detailed his many shortcomings on her well-read blog “Why You Suck." When he meets Colette (Sara Canning, "The Vampire Diaries") she is about to get married. 

The film was produced by Robert Lantos ("Barney’s Version"). Megan Martin ("Cult") adapted the screenplay from Tim Sandlin’s novel "Sex and Sunsets."   Also producing is Ari Lantos ("Stage Fright"), and Mark Musselman ("Being Julia") is Executive Producer.

Magnolia is eyeing an early 2014 release. The deal was negotiated by John Sloss of Cinetic Media on behalf of Serendipity Point Films with Magnolia Pictures.


This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Festivals, Magnolia Pictures


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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.