Magnolia Takes US Rights to Richard Ayoade’s The Double

You’ve probably heard a fair bit about this one, and now you get to know what company to pay attention to for all your The Double needs. The film has managed some great press following TIFF, and if Jesse Eisenberg wasn’t enough, writer/director Richard Ayoade is finally getting enough attention that people are curious to see what he’s doing with this one.

Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of information about release, but this is one to keep your eyes on. If Submarine is anything to go by (which I loved), and if the full cast does even a small percentage of what they are capable of, this is going to be on your top list of 2014. 

 

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[toggle title=”Press Release Info”]The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired US rights to THE DOUBLE, the new film directed and co-written by Richard Ayoade (Submarine), starring Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre).

A darkly funny and moving dystopian vision loosely based on the novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, THE DOUBLE boasts a terrific supporting cast, including Wallace Shawn, Yasmin Paige, Noah Taylor, James Fox, Cathy Moriarty, Chris O’Dowd, Sally Hawkins, Craig Roberts and Paddy Considine. Co-written by Avi Korine, THE DOUBLE was produced by Amina Dasmal and Robin Fox, with executive producers Michael Caine, Graeme Cox, Tessa Ross and Nigel Williams. It bowed to critical acclaim at the Toronto International Film Festival last month.

Eisenberg plays Simon, a timid, isolated man who’s overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams (Wasikowska). The arrival of a new co-worker, James (also played by Eisenberg), serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite – confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles, “THE DOUBLE is an incredibly assured, confident and visionary film. Richard Ayoade is a talent to be reckoned with—he firmly establishes himself as an dynamic and important auteur with this uncannily entertaining, stylish and compulsively watchable film.”

Producer Amina Dasmal states “Magnolia’s proven ability to work so well with the leading filmmakers and original voices of our time, makes them the perfect partner for this urgent film” Producer Robin Fox adds “Magnolia’s passion for the film and for Richard’s work give us a great comfort the film will be handled with strength and thought needed to give it the platform it richly deserves”[/toggle]
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Magnolia is eyeing a 2014 theatrical release for THE DOUBLE following a robust domestic festival run.

 

The Double is Film4 and BFI presentation of an Alcove Entertainment production in association with Protagonist Pictures.

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Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.