Mark Wahlberg Starrer 'Joe Bell' Gets February 2021 Release

Joe Bell
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Solstice Studios has recut and renamed the drama from a script by Oscar-winning 'Brokeback Mountain' scribes after a world bow in Toronto.

Solstice Studios will release a new cut of Mark Wahlberg’s latest film under the new title Joe Bell on February 19, 2021, timed to this year’s delayed awards season.

"The version of the film that was screened at Toronto was very promising, and after working with the filmmakers and Mark Wahlberg on a revised cut, we feel it has now reached its full potential," Mark Gill, president and CEO of Solstice Studios, said in a statement.

Solstice acquired the movie, then titled Good Joe Bell, at the Toronto Film Festival last September in a deal valued at $20 million and had always planned an awards season theatrical release. Joe Bell is based on the real-life tale of a father who embarked on a cross-country walk in hopes to raise awareness following the death of his son in 2013.

Along the way, the elder Bell must come to terms with his own prejudices and sometimes-conflicted relationship with his son (played by newcomer Reid Miller). Connie Britton, Maxwell Jenkins and Gary Sinise also star.

Wahlberg also produces the film directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green from an original screenplay by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry, the Oscar winning writing team from Brokeback Mountain.

“This is a story that is very important to me personally. Joe Bell is a man who didn’t understand certain things about the world until he was faced with them in his own life — as a father. As a parent myself, I know how much fatherhood can change a man," Wahlberg added in his own statement.

The producers on Joe Bell are Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Riva Marker, Eva Maria Daniels, Cary Fukunaga, Ryan Ahrens, Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson. The executive producer credits are shared by Jill Ahrens, Ben Renzo, Derrick Brooks, Paris Kassidokostas-Latsis, Terry Dougas, Jean-Luc De Fanti, Jake Gyllenhaal, Diana Ossana, Larry McMurtry, Peter Pastorelli and Uwe R. Feuersenger.

The movie is a co-production between Argent Pictures, Endeavor Content, Hercules Film Fund, Rhea Films, Stay Gold Features, Nine Stories Productions, VisionChaos, Parliament of Owls and Wahlberg/Levinson.

Joe Bell is the second theatrical release for Solstice after the Aug. 21 bow of Unhinged.