Amazon Backing and Releasing Ben Stiller’s Dramedy ‘Brad’s Status’

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Amazon Studios will co-finance and handle the North American theatrical release of Ben Stiller’s dramatic comedy “Brad’s Status.”

Mike White is currently filming the movie. Michael Sheen, Luke Wilson, and Jenna Fischer have joined Stiller and Austin Abrams (“Paper Towns”) in the film.

Sierra/Affinity will oversee international sales, which will launch this week at the American Film Market.

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment first unveiled the project in July after White brought the project to SKE with Plan B attached. SKE, Plan B, and Dave Bernad are producing. SKE and Amazon are co-financing the film.

Stiller plays the titular Brad, who, despite a good career and happy family, is obsessed with the better fortunes of his old friends from school. While escorting his son (played by Abrams) on an East Coast tour of colleges, he is forced to confront his friends and his feelings of failure.

Stiller most recently completed production on Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” opposite Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler.

White’s feature credits include writing “School of Rock,” “The Good Girl,” and “Nacho Libre,” in addition to writing and directing the comedy “Year of the Dog,” starring Molly Shannon and John C. Reilly. He starred with Laura Dern in HBO’s “Enlightened,” which he co-created, wrote, and directed. Wilson also starred in “Enlightened.”

Sheen appears alongside with Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in the space thriller “Passengers.” Fischer starred in Steve Martin’s comedy “Meteor Shower” at the Old Globe Theater.

SKE’s recent films include “Hell or High Water.” It’s in post-production on “Going Places,” directed by John Turturro; and “Book of Henry,” starring Naomi Watts and Jacob Tremblay.

Sheen is repped by ICM Partners. Wilson is repped by CAA and Robert Wallerstein of Hirsh Wallerstein Hayum Matlof & Fishman. Fischer is repped by Odenkirk-Provissiero Ent, WME, and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern.

Source : variety[dot]com