Lea Thompson's Directorial Debut 'Year of Spectacular Men' Goes to MarVista

Courtesy of Parkside Pictures
'The Year of Spectacular Men'

The romantic comedy, starring Thompson's daughters Madelyn and Zoey Deutch, will hit theaters in June.

MarVista Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Lea Thompson’s feature directorial debut The Year of Spectacular Men. The romantic comedy will get a mid-June theatrical release.

The Year of Spectacular Men is a family affair — Thompson directed from a script by her daughter, Madelyn Deutch (Outcast), who also scores and stars in the film as Izzy, a recent college grad who attempts to find her way through her quarter-life crisis by dating five complicated men. She does so with practical guidance from her movie star sibling Sabrina, played by real-life sister Zoey Deutch (Before I Fall, Why Him?).

Zoey Deutch and Thompson’s husband, Howard Deutch, produced the film with Gordon Gilbertson and Parkside Pictures' Dan Roth and Damiano Tucci. Thompson also plays a supporting role in the film, along with Avan Jogia, Melissa Bolona, Jesse Bradford, Brandon T. Jackson, Cameron Monaghan, Zach Roerig and Nicholas Braun. The movie debuted last year at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

"From our inception, MarVista has taken pride in supporting female filmmakers and voices," stated MarVista CEO Fernando Szew. "When the team saw The Year of Spectacular Men, we immediately connected with the authenticity of the story and performances and felt that it is a multilayered film that would have strong appeal across generations. We are honored to be working with such a talented, creative and passionate group of women like Lea, Maddie and Zoey, who also bring amazing dynamism as an inspiring family.”

"This has been such a joyous passion project for me and my whole family," said Thompson. "We feel incredibly lucky that our vigor and energy for The Year of Spectacular Men has been so genuinely matched by MarVista. We can't wait to release our film with a company who truly believes in and sees the value in telling an authentic millennial woman's story."

MarVista negotiated the deal with Paradigm Talent Agency on behalf of the filmmakers.