September 2nd, 2014 / 4 Comments


Thanks to Collider we can confirm that the US now has a distributor for Map to the Stars:

“Filmmaker David Cronenberg’s latest effort will find its way to U.S. screens early next year.  Ahead of the film’s North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus World announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution for Maps to the Stars with plans to release the film stateside in early 2015.  The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals (John Cusack), his wife (Olivia Williams) who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana (Julianne Moore), an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  The pic premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and while the overall reaction was mixed, Moore drew high praise for her performance and won the Best Actress award.

Many had pegged Moore as a contender in this year’s Oscar race, but if Focus World doesn’t stage a limited release in December to qualify for contention, that takes her out of the running.  That said, Focus World’s specific release strategy is unknown at the moment.”

Extract from the Press Release:

“LOS ANGELES  September 1, 2014 – Focus World, the alternative distribution initiative owned and operated by Focus Features, has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg from a provocative original screenplay by Bruce Wagner. The contemporary tale exploring the demons of celebrity obsession in our society stars four-time Academy Award® nominee Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Evan Bird, Sarah Gadon, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson.

Co-financed by Entertainment One (eOne) and Prospero Pictures, Maps to the Stars was produced by Prospero’s Martin Katz, SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd and Michel Merkt. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver executive-produced the film. Focus World plans to release the movie, for which Ms. Moore was named Best Actress at the Cannes International Film Festival, in early 2015. Maps to the Stars will screen this month at the Toronto International and New York Film Festivals.

Read full article at Collider.

  • Michelle
    Posted on September 02, 2014

    Fantastic news! Cannot wait for the day when we can all see the film. It will be one GOOOOOD day 😀

  • Carmel
    Posted on September 02, 2014

    The delayed release date is a bit of a puzzle. I guess they know what they are doing.

  • Michelle
    Posted on September 02, 2014

    *nods* @Carmel, we sure have had to wait a looooong time that’s for sure. I don’t like it.

  • Trish
    Posted on September 02, 2014

    I’m with Michelle – I don’t like it either! It makes you wonder the reasons for waiting such a long time for general release, esp. since it’s already been seen in Cannes months ago. I’d understand if it was still in post, but to wait so long…?! Is it simply a case of ‘truth hurts, Hollywood’ or something else? Illogical and awful if Julianne missed out on a possible Oscar nomination because of distribution issues. No fair!

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