Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed in July that Millennium Entertainment was buying U.S. distribution rights to the Los Angeles Film Festival’s opening film Bernie, the Richard Linklater-directed movie that stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey, for a low-seven-figure minimum guarantee and $1 million P&A commitment. Millennium has finally confirmed the deal. Here’s the official announcement:

Los Angeles (September 28, 2011) – Millennium Entertainment’s CEO Bill Lee announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights to Richard Linklater’s BERNIE, the opening night film at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. Written by Skip Hollandsworth and Linklater, BERNIE stars Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Mandalay Vision and Wind Dancer Films produced and financed. Director of Acquisitions Vincent Scordino negotiated the deal on behalf of Millennium Entertainment. The company is planning on a March 2012 release.

Black plays Bernie, the beloved mortician in a small Texas town. MacLaine is the town’s richest, meanest widow, and even she adores him. No one will say a bad word about Bernie—even after he commits a very nasty crime.

“We’re thrilled to bring the latest from the very talented Richard Linklater to audiences,” stated Millennium Entertainment CEO Bill Lee. “BERNIE is a wonderfully endearing film that showcases memorable work from Jack, Shirley and Matthew and represents the type of quality films we’re looking to fill our slate with.”

Millennium Entertainment recently released PUNCTURE, starring Chris Evans. They will next release TRESPASS, starring Academy Award® winners Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and will open October 14, 2011.