National Geographic Acquires Blue Man Group: Mind Blast


National Geographic Entertainment (NGE) has acquired worldwide rights to the film Blue Man Group: Mind Blast for distribution to giant-screen, digital and IMAX® 3D and 2D theaters. The 3D live-action comedy, slated for release in Spring 2011, will feature an original screenplay and score and will star the group’s original cast members.

Blue Man Group has been impressing live audiences since 1990 with its wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts that combine music, comedy and multimedia theatrics in producing a unique entertainment experience. It currently has permanent productions in nine cities, including New York City, Boston, Las Vegas, Orlando, Berlin and Tokyo, and frequently tours both domestically and internationally. The group was created by Chris Wink, Matt Goldman and Phil Stanton, who will star as the trio of blue men in the film, the group’s first foray onto giant screens and into 3D film. Blue Man Group: Mind Blast, which begins pre-production in early 2010, will follow the bald and blue trio as they travel through a visually stunning 3D brain, exploring its neural pathways, synapses and gooey brain structures. Music, physical humor and Blue Man antics abound as they make art, collect scientific facts and turn our brains upside down.

While NGE has previously presented film projects on subjects as diverse as wildlife, music and ancient cultures, this will be its first cinematic foray into the function of the human mind itself. Blue Man Group’s live shows and concerts have long delved into the mysteries of human creativity and neurological function, which makes these blue explorers the perfect guides for NGE’s most ambitious journey yet.

The film will be directed by David Russo and executive produced by Barbara Darwall of Blue Man Productions. The original script was written by Lisa Robinson; Charlotte Huggins and Janice Doskey are producers. Distribution of the film will be led by Mark Katz, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures Distribution, and overseen by National Geographic Cinema Ventures President Lisa Truitt.

“Our giant-screen film collaboration with Blue Man Group will continue National Geographic Entertainment’s foray into the distribution of an increasingly diverse array of films,” said Truitt. “The slate of films that we’ve acquired and are releasing this year and next are a reflection of National Geographic’s commitment to telling stories in engaging and groundbreaking ways.”

David Beal, president, NGE, said: “National Geographic constantly strives to be a window to the world and all that’s in it. Our collaboration with Blue Man Group presents a further opportunity to take that challenge to an ever widening audience.”

“Exhibitors around the world are increasingly thirsty to present new and exciting theatric experiences to their audiences,” said Katz. “Helping to bring Blue Man Group’s electric live performances to the giant screen in 3-D is an opportunity we could not pass up as we aim to stay on the cutting edge of the film business.”

Said Blue Man Group co-founder Matt Goldman, “Blue Man Group and National Geographic share a similar passion for curiosity, exploration and discovery. This alignment of values makes National Geographic Cinema Ventures the perfect distributor for ‘Blue Man Group: Mind Blast’ — a film that aims to explore the inner workings of the human mind in the same way that National Geographic has long been exploring the workings of our world as a whole.”