By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 10, 2011 at 3:52AM
New indie distributor Tribeca Film continues its buying spree, acquiring all U.S. rights to road movie rock musical Janie Jones, starring actor-singers Abigail Breslin and Alessandro Nivola as a father-daughter act. Elisabeth Shue plays Breslin's mom, who goes into rehab. The film debuted in Toronto last September. Tribeca plans to open the Unified Pictures film this summer in major cities as well as other platforms such as VOD. Filmmaker David M. Rosenthal wrote and directed the film based on his own experience.
Tribeca recently acquired Last Night and The Bang Bang Club.
“Janie Jones is especially notable as a showcase for the extraordinary talents of Alessandro and Abigail, whose on-screen musical performances are nothing short of revelatory,” said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises' chief creative officer. “David Rosenthal has brought to life an inspiring and warm-hearted story that we are proud to present to audiences through Tribeca Film along with our founding partner, American Express.”
Unified Pictures' Keith Kjarval and Eric Bassett are producers. The original score is by Eef Barzeley of the alt-country band Clem Snide.