Anchor Bay to distribute 'Surfer'

Matthew McConaughey comedy set to play theaters

Anchor Bay Entertainment has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Matthew McConaughey comedy "Surfer, Dude."

Anchor Bay, whose primary business is home entertainment, has been moving toward independent theatrical releases with films such as "The Grand" and "Sex and Death 101."

"The acquisition of 'Surfer, Dude' underscores where this company is headed," Anchor Bay president Bill Clark said. "We will continue to acquire strong titles for theatrical and DVD release while maximizing the abilities of the various divisions at Starz, including our global sales team and the premium entertainment channels."

In "Surfer, Dude," McConaughey -- who also serves as a producer -- stars as a soul-searching surfer who is experiencing an existential crisis. Anchor Bay plans to release the film theatrically in late summer.

Jason Berk and Matt Lane executive produced and financed the project through Berk/Lane Entertainment, with additional financing provided by Winchester Capital Management. McConaughey's production company, jklivin, produced.

Anchor Bay is a Starz Media subsidiary.