Andrew Jarecki Buys Back Rights To His Film All Good Things
The Weinstein Company's much-publicized recent financial troubles haven't exactly damaged hits like Inglourious Basterds, and they seemed to spend every last dime they had on promoting the bomb Nine. But smaller movies in the Weinstein orbit, like the John Cusack period film Shanghai or the Kirsten Dunst/Ryan Gosling drama All Good Things, have languished on the shelf. Perhaps realizing that it was ridiculous to pick up one Gosling drama for distribution (that would be Sundance hit Blue Valentine) while letting another one gather dust, the Weinsteins have agreed to hand the All Good Things rights back over to filmmaker Andrew Jarecki, who is now free to seek other forms of distribution.
As The LA Times points out in their writeup, this gambit wouldn't work for the average indie filmmaker. Jarecki is a millionaire from having founded Moviefone, and reportedly paid several million to secure the rights to his film. Jarecki finished the film in 2008 and had hoped at one point for a 2009 release, and apparently squabbled repeatedly with the Weinstein team over the best strategy for the film.
In All Good Things, Gosling stars as Robert Durst, a New York socialite who was accused of murdering his neighbor and another long-time friend, not to mention questioned in the disappearance of his wife Kathleen McCormack. He has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in adulthood. The wildest thing about the movie, as far as I can see it, is that many of Durst's trials and murders took place this decade, when he was in his 50s and 60s. The film takes place over a series of decades, but really, how is Gosling going to pull off playing a middle-aged murderer? I guess that's the least of the concerns about All Good Things at this point.
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