Main Street Films has set a June 27, 2014 theatrical release for La Bare, which takes an insider’s look at the history, lives and culture of the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas. Joe Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh and Channing Tatum’s male-stripper pic Magic Mike, directed the docu and produced with his brother Nick through their 3:59 Inc shingle. Movie Package Company’s Raymond Mansfield and Shaun Redick executive produced. Main Street nabbed distribution rights out of Slamdance this year in a big deal for the fest: The pact was worth mid-six-figures for North American and Chinese rights and included a commitment by the distributor for a 20-market U.S. theatrical release.
Slamdance: ‘Magic Mike’s Joe Manganiello’s Male Strip Docu ‘La Bare’ Is Well Endowed By Main Street Films Distribution Deal
EXCLUSIVE: Main Street Films has acquired distribution rights to La Bare, a documentary directed by Joe Manganiello about the history, lives and culture of the world’s most popular male strip club, La Bare Dallas. Manganiello, who played Big Dick Richie alongside Channing Tatum in the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, made the film through 3:59 Inc., which is run by his brother, Nick Manganiello. The deal was worth mid six-figures for North American and Chinese rights and includes a commitment by Main Street to give the docu a 20-market U.S. theatrical release in the summer.
This is a big deal for Slamdance and Manganiello came for the film’s Sunday night debut at the Treasure Mountain Inn, followed by a raucous Q&A featuring Elvis Mitchell and Manganiello, the True Blood star who’ll next be seen in Sabotage. “I was immediately impressed by Main Street’s excitement, vision, resources and character,” Manganiello said. “I got that sense in my gut right away that this was the right company to help launch 3:59′s flagship film La Bare, as well as form a strong partnership for future projects.”
Deal was brokered by Main Street’s Harrison Kordestani, who said the deal allows the distributor to get into the documentary game. “We are really impressed with what Joe has produced and are excited to partner with him on distributing La Bare in North America.” The film’s music was composed by star DJ …
As predicted here, Warner Bros completed its acquisition of domestic rights on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, which stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The studio just dated the film for release on June 29, 2012. Soderbergh and Tatum funded the film, and FilmNation is selling offshore territories at AFM. The script was written by Tatum’s Iron Horse Entertainment partner Reid Carolin, and they are producing with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.
The film, based on the world Tatum observed when he was a male stripper, has a beefcake cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello, Adam Rodriguez and Kevin Nash. Warner Bros recently released Soderbergh’s Contagion, and is prepping his next film, The Man From UNCLE.
EXCLUSIVE: While several studios are in the mix on the Steven Soderbergh-directed Magic Mike, I’m told that Warner Bros has emerged as the frontrunner to acquire domestic distribution rights and that a deal could be done by next week. The film, which is wrapping this week, stars Alex Pettyfer and Channing Tatum in a Saturday Night Fever-type coming-of-age drama about a young exotic dancer who is schooled by a veteran of the trade. The picture’s budget was ponied up by Soderbergh and Tatum, with Glen Basner at FilmNation making offshore sales. Script was written by Reid Carolin. He’s Tatum’s production partner and they are producing the film with Nick Wechsler and Gregory Jacobs.
The film’s based on Tatum’s own experiences when he became an exotic dancer before breaking into acting. The film has drawn an ab-centric cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer and Joe Manganiello. Warner Bros seems a good fit for the material. The studio just distributed Soderbergh’s hit Contagion, and Warner Bros will make his next film, The Man From UNCLE, which is in the process of getting a new title character after George Clooney exited the project because he’s having some surgery.
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has signed HBO True Blood star Joe Manganiello and Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief star Logan Lerman. Both actors have followed their agent, Kami Putnam-Heist, who moved from WME to CAA on January 3rd as scooped by Deadline. At the time, she brought only 127 Hours star James Franco with her. Manganiello is reputedly a possible candidate for the Zack Snyder-directed Superman film that Chris Nolan is producing. Lerman next stars in the Summit/Constantine film The Three Musketeers, and was also in James Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma.
EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros, producer Chris Nolan, and director Zack Snyder have begun to cast a “wide net” to find the next Man of Steel. Insiders tell us the studio is open to creating a star as it reboots the Superman franchise: specifically, that the actor will either be a discovery or on TV but likely someone who isn’t well known yet. And he’ll be in the age range of 28-to-32. The studio expects to look at hundreds of young actors before making a decision. Agents who are readying candidates note that hiring an established series regular might not even be possible. The film will likely begin production around next June, and that shooting schedule could wreak havoc with fall prime time schedules. The studio has to meet that production start date because some of the rights are in jeopardy in 2013.
The Superman search will likely take time to play out, as did the hunt for the new Spider-Man which went to Andrew Garfield. There will be inevitable buzz on actors like Armie Hammer, the strapping 6’5″ actor who played Cameron. And Tyler Winklevoss in The Social Network and who was eyed by the studio to play Batman in a Justice League movie that Mad Max helmer George Miller was poised to direct until …
EXCLUSIVE: Joe Manganiello, dubbed the hottest new addition to HBO’s True Blood this season, has been promoted to regular for Season 4. He plays hot sexy alpha male werewolf Alcide Herveaux, an iconic character in the The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels that True Blood is based on. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the casting of the role late last year before it went to One Tree Hill alum Manganiello. He was originally supposed to appear only in a handful of episodes, but I hear he impressed the show’s producers and was embraced by True Blood fans,