August 24, 2010 -- The Wagner/Cuban Companies' Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Andrew Jarecki's All Good Things and is planning a December theatrical release, announced Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles.
Inspired by the most notorious missing person's case in New York history, All Good Things is a love story and murder mystery set against the backdrop of a New York real estate dynasty in the 1980s. The drama portrayed in Jarecki's film was inspired by the story of Robert Durst, scion of the wealthy Durst family. Mr. Durst was suspected but never tried for killing his wife Kathie who disappeared in 1982 and was never found. The original script was developed by Jarecki, Marc Smerling, and Marcus Hinchey and written by Smerling and Hinchey.
"In constructing the film, we used some of the extraordinary elements of the Durst case as the skeleton and inspiration for a drama about love, family, and obsession," says Jarecki. "Because it is impossible to know exactly what happened, we have not tried to replicate the history of the case, but to capture the emotion and complexity of this unsolved mystery that has for years been kept hidden from public view.
The film stars Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella as the powerful patriarch. The film is directed and produced by Andrew Jarecki, (Academy Award-nominated Capturing the Friedmans, upcoming Universal/Rogue release Catfish), and produced by Marc Smerling (Capturing the Friedmans, Catfish). It was also produced by Michael London, and Bruna Papandrea and financed by London's Groundswell Productions. The Weinstein Company is handling foreign sales of the film.
"Our collaboration with Magnolia on Friedmans was a groundbreaking and wonderful experience and I couldn't be happier that they are as passionate about All Good Things as we are," said Jarecki.
"With All Good Things, Andrew Jarecki has made the jump to features with the same accomplished, complex and fascinating filmmaking that he demonstrated with Capturing the Friedmans," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "He has gotten amazing performances out of the entire ensemble and delivered a powerful motion picture."
Magnolia Pictures (www.magpictures.com) is the theatrical and home entertainment distribution arm of the Wagner/Cuban Companies, a vertically-integrated group of media properties co-owned by Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban that also includes the Landmark Theatres chain, the production company 2929 Productions, and the high definition cable network HDNet. Magnolia's recent releases include such critically acclaimed films as Alex Gibney's Casino Jack and the United States of Money, Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love, Neil Jordan's Ondine and Lucy Walker's Countdown to Zero. Upcoming releases include the documentarian-dream-team omnibus, Freakonomics: The Movie, Alex Gibney's Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer, Tanya Hamilton's Night Catches Us, Casey Affleck and Joaquin Phoenix's I'm Still Here, and much more.
Groundswell Productions is an independent financing and production company founded by Michael London in February 2006 and headquartered in Los Angeles.
Groundswell has produced nine films since its inception and its library includes the Academy Award nominated Milk and The Visitor. Groundswell is currently in post production on Win Win from writer-director Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, The Station Agent) starring Paul Giamatti, Bobby Canavale and Amy Ryan, which Fox Searchlight will distribute. Groundswell has a number of projects in development including Motherf**ker at Fox Searchlight and Lola Versus, written by Daryl Wein and Zoe Lister-Jones. London, who serves as the company's CEO has produced such films as The Illusionist, The Family Stone, Sideways, House of Sand and Fog, Thirteen, The Guru and 40 Days and 40 Nights.