ThinkFilm has bought North American theatrical distribution rights to the Ten Commandments satire “The Ten,” whose cast include Winona Ryder, Jessica Alba and Adam Brody.
The indie partnered on the $4.5 million deal with City Lights Home Entertainment, which will handle DVD and digital distribution. Both companies will share all revenues. An August theatrical release is planned.
The episodic film, directed by David Wain, also features Paul Rudd, Liev Schreiber, Justin Theroux, Gretchen Mol, Oliver Platt and Famke Janssen.
The film was described as “a very smart brand of seemingly dumb comedy” by Mark Urman, the head of ThinkFilm’s U.S. theatrical operations.
“We thought it was a hilarious, funny, movie, and that if we brought it to an audience with brains and style, it would have the ability to do better than (ThinkFilm’s) ‘The Aristocrats’ or ‘Strangers with Candy”‘ Urman added.