By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

GRAVITAS PREPARES TO WHIP OUT BAD JOHNSON

 Comedic dick pic coming soon to theaters and VOD

Int’l rights currently being sold at Berlin Film Festival by the Salt Company

 El Segundo, CA (February 6, 2014) – BAD JOHNSON, the new comedy from 2DS Productions, Roman Empire Productions, and director Huck Botko (THE VIRGINITY HIT, THE LAST EXORCISM), will hit theaters and VOD this spring courtesy of Gravitas Ventures. The heartwarming tale of a man whose penis gets a mind (and body) of its own will premiere digitally on April 1 (no fooling!) and then will be in theaters May 2.

In BAD JOHNSON, written by Jeff Tetreault, Cam Gigandet (TWILIGHT, EASY A) plays Rich, a suave Chicago ladies’ man who refuses to take personal responsibility for his inability to maintain a lasting relationship. After his constant infidelities alienate yet another girlfriend (Jamie Chung, THE HANGOVER PARTS II & III, SUCKER PUNCH), he wishes he could say goodbye to his ‘little friend.’ The next morning he awakes in horror to find that his wish has been granted and his penis has taken human form: A disgusting, selfish, oversexed jerk riotously portrayed by comedian Nick Thune (KNOCKED UP). Pitted against his alter ego, Rich must figure out how to rein in his penis, both literally and figuratively, in order to finally learn what separates the men from their boys.

“No bones about it, BAD JOHNSON is much more than the sum of its parts,” noted Melanie Miller, Gravitas VP Acquisitions & Marketing. “Aside from all the hilarious dicking around, the film also has something pretty perceptive to say about matters of the heart. And when it comes to heart, size matters.”

“This is a very unique movie – bold, outrageous, yet very grounded, which is ultimately what makes it so incredibly funny and such a satisfying experience for both men and women.” said producer Reid Brody on behalf of the producing team.  “We are incredibly excited to have Gravitas handling distribution, and we know that in their hands our BAD JOHNSON will be positioned to best reach its audience.”

BAD JOHNSON joins Gravitas’ rapidly expanding theatrical slate which includes upcoming titles such as the Joel Edgerton/Tom Wilkinson thriller FELONY and the smash Sundance comedy PING PONG SUMMER, featuring Susan Sarandon.

The deal for BAD JOHNSON was negotiated by Miller for Gravitas, James Norrie for The Salt Company International, and Glenn Feig of Reder & Feig LLP on behalf of producers Reid Brody, Danny Roman, and Bill Ryan.  Salt will be selling the international rights to the film at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival market having already closed deals in numerous territories including Germany (Tiberius), Portugal (Lusomundo), Australia (Rialto), CIS (Premium Films), Greece (Tanweer) and the Netherlands (A-Film).

 

ABOUT GRAVITAS VENTURES

Gravitas Ventures is a leading distributor of independent cinema. Founded in 2006 with a focus on Video-On-Demand, Gravitas connects independent filmmakers, producers, and distribution companies with leading distribution partners across the globe. Working with more than 500 content partners, Gravitas Ventures has distributed thousands of films across all platforms. Some of their recent releases include Dave Grohl’s 2013 Sundance premiere SOUND CITY, DEAR MR. WATTERSON a documentary film about the impact of the best comic strip in the history of the universe: Calvin & Hobbes, and the Naomi Watts/Matt Dillon starrer SUNLIGHT JR. For more information, please check outwww.gravitasventures.com and @GravitasVOD.

 

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