'Rileys' gets new life with Samuel Goldwyn


The Rileys have another shot at reconciliation.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group has partnered with Samuel Goldwyn Films to release the indie drama "Welcome to the Rileys." The film had its world premiere five months ago at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, and SPWAG originally brought aboard Apparition back in March to distribute the film.

Rileys gets new life with Samuel Goldwyn FilmsLast month, Bob Berney abruptly left Apparition, which released the Sundance film "The Runaways," leaving the indie distributor temporarily rudderless. So Apparition's Bill Pohlad agreed with Sony that to meet a planned fall release the film would be better off in another company's hands.

Goldwyn will now release "Rileys" theatrically in October in the U.S., while SPWAG will handle anicllary rights. The movie next screens Friday at the Los Angeles Film Festival, just a day after star Kristen Stewart unveils her latest turn as Bella in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse."

James Gandolfini, Melissa Leo and Stewart star in "Rileys," which tells the story of a middle-aged Indianapolis couple numbed by the death of their daughter who eventually become entangled with a New Orleans runaway. All three actors will be on hand Friday at LAFF to present a Q&A after the screening.

Ken Hixon wrote the "Rileys" screenplay, and Jake Scott directed. Michael Costigan, Giovanni Agnelli and Scott Bloom produced the film, which was executive produced by Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Steven Zaillian, Manny Mashouf and Hixon.

Goldwyn recently released "Priceless," "Elegy," "Fireproof" and "Harry Brown." The company will release "Mao's Last Dancer" in August.
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