RADiUS acquires Chris Evans’ directorial debut BEFORE WE GO at TIFF

RADiUS acquires Chris Evans’ directorial debut BEFORE WE GO at TIFF

Being a huge fan of CAPTAIN AMERICA, both the character and the movies, it also stands to reason I’m a big fan of Chris Evans. I’ve actually enjoyed his performances and followed his career before he took on the role of Marvel’s “Steve Rogers” aka Cap, and I’ve always found him to be a likable and competent actor in everything he does. In the last few years there’s been rumors that Evans might actually want to take a step back from acting, pursuing other aspects of film. The first foray into those desires is his new project BEFORE WE GO, the actor’s directorial debut, which was just picked up at the Toronto International Film Festival by RADiUS. It co-stars Alice Eve and (as the press release below notes) is already drawing comparisons to Richard Linklater’s BEFORE SUNRISE. This is also a re-teaming of Evans with RADiUS after previously working together for SNOWPIERCER. You can read full details about the acquisition below.

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(Toronto, CA) September 11, 2014 – RADiUS proudly announced that it has acquired US rights to BEFORE WE GO, Chris Evans’ directorial debut in which he also stars opposite Alice Eve (STAR TREK: INTO DARKNESS).

The film follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.

RADiUS has slated a second quarter 2015 release.

Drawing comparisons to BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE WE GO was produced by Evans, Mark Kassen, McG, Mary Viola, Karen Baldwin, Howard Baldwin and William J. Immerman. The executive producers are Peter Pastorelli, James McGough and Ron Bass – the latter of whom also wrote the screenplay with Jen Smolka, Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair. BEFORE WE GO is the first film fully financed by Wonderland.

According to Chris Evans: “As a first time director, I’m so excited that we found a home with RADiUS. I was really impressed with what they did on SNOWPIERCER and my film couldn’t be in better hands.”

RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego go on to say: “Our collaboration with Chris began on SNOWPIERCER and we’re excited to be working with him again on this winning romance. Directed with a deft hand, both he and Alice have tremendous chemistry with each delivering an assured subtlety and highly seductive performance.”

The deal was negotiated between Quinn and Janego and CAA and WME Global on behalf of the filmmakers and James McGough and David Boyle on behalf of Wonderland.

ABOUT RADIUS
RADiUS is the boutique label of the Weinstein Company (TWC) and the first studio division dedicated to both multi-platform VOD and theatrical distribution. Utilizing both traditional and digital media, RADiUS-TWC brings the highest quality films and other specialty entertainment to a wider audience than ever before. Founded and led by Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, the label continues to develop innovative distribution strategies to make marquee content available to consumers where, when and how they want it. The label’s inaugural slate included such films as BACHELORETTE (the first multi-platform film to hit #1 on iTunes and the only multi-platform release to ever reach #4 for top Cable VOD performers) and Cannes competition entry ONLY GOD FORGIVES directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling and Kristen Scott Thomas. Recent releases include: Morgan Neville’s Oscar winner 20 FEET FROM STARDOM; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s LOVELACE; Zachary Heinzerling’s Oscar nominated CUTIE AND THE BOXER (Sundance 2013 U.S. Documentary Directing Award), Jacob Kornbluth’s INEQUALITY FOR ALL (Sundance 2013 U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award) and Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut – MAN OF TAI CHI in which he also stars. In 2014, RADiUS’ slate features (among others): Bong Joon Ho’s runaway hit SNOWPIERCER, BLUE RUIN (winner of the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival), Errol Morris’ THE UNKNOWN KNOWN, FED UP from Laurie David and Katie Couric, THE ONE I LOVE starring Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass (Sundance), Alexandre Aja’s HORNS starring Daniel Radcliffe (Toronto), Berlin titles: EVERLY (Salma Hayek), WHEN ANIMALS DREAM, and ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST (Benicio Del Toro) as well as two time Tribeca Film Festival winner KEEP ON KEEPIN’ ON and BEYOND THE BRICK: A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY. The company is embarking on a CREEP trilogy alongside the Duplass brothers and Blumhouse Productions after the film’s highly praised SXSW premiere, recently announced it had acquired SXSW Grand Jury prize winner THE GREAT INVISIBLE and the Anna Kendrick starrer THE LAST 5 YEARS, which the company just picked up in Toronto.

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Born and raised in Dallas, Mark has been a movie critic since 1994, with reviews featured in print, radio and National TV. In 2001 he started the Entertainment section of the Herorealm website, where he contributed film reviews and celebrity interviews until 2004. After three years of service there, he started Bigfanboy.com, which has become one of the Dallas film community’s leading information websites. Bigfanboy hosts several movie screenings in the Texas area, and works closely with film and TV studios and promotional partners to host exciting events and contests. The site also features a variety of rare celebrity and filmmaker interviews, and Bigfanboy.com regularly covers the film festival circuit as well. In addition to Hollywood reporting, Mark has worked for many years as an advertising and sci-fi/comic book artist. Clients have included Lucasfilm Ltd., Topps Trading Cards, The Dallas Mavericks and The Dallas Stars. From 2002 until 2015 he managed the Dallas Comic Con, Sci-Fi Expo and Fan Days events in the DFW area. He currently catalogs rare comic books and movie memorabilia for Heritage Auctions, and runs the Dallas Comic Show conventions, but remains an avid moviegoer and cinema buff.