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Hyde Park picks up international rights to Richard Linklater’s BERNIE

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
April 21st, 2011

Richard Linklater

While his film, LIARS A-E, fell apart at the seams, Richard Linklater has found much better fortune with his latest film, BERNIE, at least when it comes to its future outside of the states.

Starring Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, and Shirley MacLaine, the film was penned by Linklater and Skip Hollandsworth. It follows the story of a relationship “in a small East Texas town between a fussy, but beloved assistant funeral home director (Black) and the town’s domineering grande dame (MacLaine). The film is based on “Midnight in the Garden of East Texas,” an article published in Texas Monthly magazine in 1998. The article chronicles the life of Bernie Tiede, who transformed the town of Carthage with his generosity and who then, to the disbelief of Carthage residents, was arrested for a serious crime.”

And now, it has a home. Hyde Park has announced that they’ve picked up the international rights to the film, which joins films like OUR IDIOT BROTHER and PEEP WORLD on the company’s slate.

Personally, as a fan of Linklater, this sounds like one hell of a project. He’s a fantastic filmmaker, and with a weird cast like the one he has assembled here, this will definitely be a film to keep a keen eye on. I’m not sure when to expect the film stateside, as it’s currently in post-production, but this should definitely be one of the more interesting projects coming down the pipeline.

What do you think?

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