Sundance: IFC Picks Up Jack Black Comedy 'The D Train'

The black comedy, also starring James Marsden, premiered Friday at the fest.

PARK CITY - IFC has snagged the U.S. rights to The D Train, the black comedy starring Jack Black and James Marsden.

The movie premiered Friday night and drew immediate interest from Fox Searchlight and Lionsgate. Other players soon jumped on the Train car as well.

IFC plans to release the movie theatrically this year.

Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel prove with this film that they have arrived as one of the great new filmmaking teams in Hollywood," said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films. "They have crafted a smart, sensitive and hilarious film which features a terrific ensemble, led by the immense talent of Jack Black and James Marsden. Our team fell in love with this film and we are planning to put the full weight of the studio behind it with the goal of rolling the film out in theaters across the country.”

D Train centers on high school reunion committee chairman Dan Landsman played by Jack Black. Landsman is still in search of high school popularity, and set on a mission to get peer turned failed actor Oliver Lawless, played by James Marsden to attend their 20-year reunion.

The comedy marks the directorial debut of Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. Black also produced the film with David Bernad, Mike White, Priyanka Mattoo, Ben Latham-Jones, and Barnaby Thompson

The film also stars Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor, and Kyle Bornheimer

The movie the first acquisition of the festival for IFC, which last year picked up Richard Linklater's Boyhood, now a major Oscar contender.

WME Global and UTA Independent Film Group made the deal.