My favorite film from the Tribeca Film Festival this year was Zak Penn'sThe Grand, mainly because I love spontaneous comedy and this film was filled with it. When I sat down with Penn during the festival, his film hadn't been picked up yet, but Variety tells us today that none other than Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired all North American rights to the flick with plans to distribute via a platform release (which means it will arrive in a limited amount of cities before expanding depending on how well it does) early next year. It's a bit of a surprise move for Anchor Bay seeing as they're more known for getting behind horror flicks (like recent festival favorites Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon and Hatchet) than comedy, but obviously they're looking to expand their repertoire.
Penn is slowly lining up an interesting career for himself. On one hand, he's the go-to guy for comic book adaptations, having penned X-Men 3: The Last Stand, Elektra and next summer's The Incredible Hulk. But then he involves himself with these little passion projects as a director, like the little-seen mockumentary Incident at Loch Nessand The Grand. Starring a lot of people (Ray Romano, David Cross, Werner Herzog, Woody Harrelson and Cheryl Hines, to name a few), pic is a mockumentary which follows a group of people looking to score big at a poker tournament in Las Vegas. If you're a fan of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm or anything that Christopher Guest puts out, then this flick should be right up your alley. For more, feel free to check out my review of The Grand from Tribeca.