Roadside Attractions nabs U.S. rights to 'Italian'


"Everybody Wants to Be Italian," or at least that's the bet Roadside Attractions is making.

The indie distributor has acquired domestic rights to Jason Todd Ipson's raucous romantic comedy from producers James Huntsman and Jaime Burke of Asgaard Entertainment.

Cerina Vincent ("Two and a Half Men") plays an Italian-American woman from Boston's North End who is set up on a blind date with a lovelorn fishmonger (Jay Jablonski) by his two good pals (John Enos III and John Kapelos). Convinced she will never fall for a non-Italian, he takes desperate measures to fake his ethnicity.

Penny Marshall makes a cameo in the film, which was inspired by Ipson's experience living in Boston, where he met his Italian wife. A Sept. 5 platform release is planned.

Ipson directed the Lionsgate/ After Dark Films horror feature "Unrest," also produced by Asgaard.

Roadside's Dustin Smith negotiated the deal with Todd Slater, who repped the producers. (partialdiff)