Solstice Rings Up $20M Deal for Mark Wahlberg's 'Good Joe Bell'

Good Joe Bell
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From left: Reid Miller and Mark Wahlberg in 'Good Joe Bell'

Reinaldo Green Marcus directed the drama from a script by Oscar-winning 'Brokeback Mountain' scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

Solstice Studios has sealed a deal for worldwide rights to filmmaker Reinaldo Green Marcus' Good Joe Bell, a drama starring Mark Wahlberg and written by the Oscar-winning Brokeback Mountain duo Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.

The pact — valued at $20 million — comes on the heels of the film's Sept. 14 premiere at the 2020 Toronto Film Festival. Solstice is planning an awards season theatrical release.

Good 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.

Green is presently finishing the upcoming Warner Bros. movie King Richard, starring Will Smith as the father of a young Venus and Serena Williams.

The Good Joe Bell deal was negotiated by Endeavor Content for the filmmakers and Crystal Bourbeau and Mark Gill for Solstice. Gill is the founder and CEO of Solstice, while Bourbeau is head of acquisitions and international.