Sony Pictures Classics picks up Gus Van Sant’s RESTLESS

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 31st, 2011

While Sony Pictures proper may have had the rights to the hotly-anticipated Gus Van Sant film, RESTLESS, it appears as though a shingle within the company will truly be handling the film’s distribution.

Deadline is reporting that Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the North American distribution rights to the film, with the worldwide distribution being handled by Sony Pictures Releasing International.

The film was originally set for a January 25 release date earlier this year, but was ultimately moved, and has not seen a new date since. A Cannes premiere was rumored, but doesn’t appear as though that will in fact be the case, as the film is currently slated to hit sometime in the fall, likely following a debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Schuyler Fisk, and Ryo Kase, the film follows a terminally ill teen (Wasikowska), who falls for a funeral crashing, ghost-talking boy with a dead Japanese kamikaze pilot for a best friend.

It’s been a bit since we’ve seen Van Sant working (his last film was 2008’s MILK), so it is nice to finally see his next film get some sort of confirmed distribution. The film sounds massively interesting, and with a to-die-for cast, this is definitely one of 2011’s more interesting projects.

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