'Boyhood' Will Come of Age on Paramount Home Video


Shot intermittently over 12 years, the latest film from Richard Linklater — whose Before trilogy is beloved by grown-ups the world over — offers a unique portrait of childhood and parenting, two things most grown ups have experienced! It stars the young newcomer Ellar Coltrane and frequent Linklater collaborator Ethan Hawke, as well as a notable comeback performance by veteran Patricia Arquette.

The limited release still will be handled on VOD by IFC

Boyhood, written and directed by Richard Linklater and filmed over the course of 12 years, is one of the best-reviewed films and most successful limited releases of this summer.

Now it will get a boost in the home video market with an announcement Thursday that Paramount Home Video has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights.

The film currently is in limited release through IFC Films. When it opened July 11, it was the highest-grossing movie per theater in its first two weeks. Playing in almost three-dozen theaters, it has grossed about $22 million domestically through last weekend.

It has a 99 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, reflecting nearly unanimous praise from critics.

Boyhood stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette as the parents of Samantha (Lorelei Linklater, Richard’s real-life daughter) and Mason (Ellar Coltrane), the boy whom the audience watches grow up.

After its theatrical run, Amy Reinhard, Paramount’s president of worldwide television and home media acquisitions, promises to “bring all of Paramount’s … resources to bear and leverage our numerous distribution platforms in order to ensure that Boyhood reaches the broadest possible audience.”

She said Paramount will add behind-the-scenes bonus footage to the DVD “chronicling the 12 years of work that went into this outstanding achievement.”

Producer John Sloss said Paramount brings “extensive home video reach and marketing acumen to Rick’s vision.”

Sundance Selects/IFC still will release the film on certain VOD platforms, and in EST (electronic distribution) sales to cable, satellite and telcos simultaneously with the Paramount release.

Paramount will handle all physical and digital home entertainment distribution.

The deal was negotiated by Lisa Schwartz, executive vp, distribution, operations and business development Sundance Selects/IFC Film and Betsy Rodgers, senior vp business affairs for Sundance Selects/IFC.