Premiering at Sundance…
Television rights to the upcoming Sundance premiere: CORMANâS WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL have been picked up ahead of its Sundance premiere by A&E INDIEFILMS as part of an investment in the project. The film marks the directorial debut of Alex Stapleton and chronicles the incredible career and massive Hollywood influence of legendary director and producer, Roger Corman. Corman will be in Park City for the world premiere of the film this Friday, January 21. The film also features bold-faced âCormanitesâ such as Jack Nicholson, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Martin Scorsese, and many others. The film was produced and financed by Far Hills Picturesâ Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne. Stapleton, Izabela Frank, Mickey Barold, and Jeff Frey also served as producers on the project.
The deal for CORMANâS WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL was negotiated by Molly Thompson, Vice President of A&E IndieFilms, with WME Global on behalf of Far Hills Pictures. Of the deal, Bob DeBitetto, President and General Manager of A&E Network and BIO Channel says, âCormanâs World is the preeminent retrospective of the life and career of one of Hollywoodâs most prolific and influential filmmakers and we are pleased to partner with Stone Douglass and Taylor Materne to bring Alex Stapletonâs film to audiences around the world.â WME GLOBAL represents the filmâs remaining available rights.
CORMANâS WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL marks the third major film coming out of Douglass and Materneâs Far Hills Pictures. Company, which formed in August 2009, also produced the Magnolia Pictures release BARRY MUNDAY, and Martin Scorseseâs acclaimed doc A LETTER TO ELIA. Of the acquisition Douglass says, “A&E IndieFilms and Molly Thompson have an amazing history of distributing the highest quality documentaries. They are the ideal partner for a film that celebrates the birth of independent filmmaking and its godfather, Roger.” Far Hills is repped by WME Global.
CORMANâS WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL tracks the triumphant rise of the true âgodfatherâ of independent ﬁlmmaking, Roger Corman. The single most prolific writer-director-producer, Corman financed hundreds of profitable low-budget films and helped launch the careers of Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, James Cameron, and many more. With archival footage of American culture and countercultures from the 1950âs to present day, and dynamic interviews with alumni of Cormanâs cutthroat school of ﬁlmmaking, Cormanâs World takes us back to the days when Corman was King. The film also shows the rise of the recent Corman renaissance featuring Indiewoodâs new school of ﬁlmmakers – including Quentin Tarantino, Paul W.S. Anderson and Eli Roth. And of course it follows Roger himself as he successfully continues to produce and distribute films outside the studio system the Corman way: fast, cheap and out-of-this-world!
Pic was executive produced by Jared Moshe, Rich Lim, Joshua Ray Levin, Polly Platt and Antonio Von Hildebrand. Executive producers for A&E IndieFIlms are Bob DeBitetto, Robert Sharenow, and Molly Thompson.
Source: Press Release