Magnolia Nabs Gilda Radner Doc 'Love, Gilda'

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'Love, Gilda'

The CNN Films feature about the late 'Saturday Night Live' star opened the recent Tribeca Film Festival.

Magnolia Pictures on Tuesday announced it has picked up North American rights to Love, Gilda, Lisa D’Apolito’s film about comedy trailblazer Gilda Radner.

Magnolia is aiming for a theatrical release later this year for the CNN Films feature about the late Saturday Night Live star, who was an Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian. Love, Gilda opened the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival last month and includes rare personal recordings and journal entries to tell Radner’s story.

"Love, Gilda is a beautiful tribute to an incandescent spirit,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. "Lisa D'Apolito has crafted an incredibly moving, inspirational look at a groundbreaking comedian."

Radner became a breakout star as an original castmember of SNL, which bowed in 1975. The film includes interviews with Chevy Chase, Lorne Michaels, Alan Zweibel, Laraine Newman and Martin Short, and Radner’s writings are read by Amy Poehler, Maya Rudolph, Cecily Strong and Bill Hader.

Radner was married to actor Gene Wilder at the time of her death from ovarian cancer in 1989 at age 43.

Love, Gilda was produced by 3 Faces Films in association with Motto Pictures. Bronwyn Berry, Meryl Goldsmith and James Tumminia served as producers, as did Motto's Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements and Carolyn Hepburn. Alan and Robin Zweibel and CNN Films' Amy Entelis and Courtney Sexton served as executive producers.

CNN retains North American broadcast rights to Love, Gilda. The deal was negotiated by Magnolia senior vp acquisitions John Von Thaden, with Submarine acting for the filmmakers.