Cannes: Neon, Vice Take Harmony Korine's 'The Beach Bum' for U.S.

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In Neon's first move of Cannes, the new distribution company and Vice have teamed up to buy U.S. rights to Harmony Korine's irreverent comedy The Beach Bum starring Matthew McConaughey.

The follow-up to Korine's cult hit Spring Breakers is set to begin production this fall with a theatrical release planned for 2018.

The Beach Bum follows the misadventures of Moondog (McConaughey), a rebellious and lovable rogue who lives life large.

Korine, whose Spring Breakers earned more than $31 million worldwide, wrote and will direct The Beach Bum. LeGrisbi Productions' John Lesher, Anonymous Content's Steve Golin, Iconoclast’s Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Mourad Belkeddar and Nicolas Lhermitte will produce. The film is executive produced by Tom Quinn and Tim League for Neon and Shane Smith, Eddy Moretti, and Danny Gabai for Vice. Rocket Science is handling international sales, after introducing the film in Berlin in February.

"We’ve been huge fans of the singularly talented Harmony Korine for a very long time now," said a statement from Neon. "Together with our good friends at Vice we’re tickled to death to launch The Beach Bum, which promises to be a wild, crazy and intoxicating piece of cinema."

Vice chief creative officer Eddy Moretti said: "Harmony is like family to me, and to all of us at Vice for over a decade. And finally we can work together creatively on his most ambitious, hilarious and oddly existential film. And this is just the beginning of making more movie magic with Harmony. We have lots of wonderfully weird things up our sleeves."

The deal was negotiated by Neon and CAA on behalf of the filmmakers.

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