Pulling off a red hot casting coup with Jennifer Aniston, Mark Duplass and Ben Kingsley attached, Justin Reardon's next feature film is the wild and hilarious comedy Convention that is set to shoot this summer with K5 International bringing the project to the European Film Market in Berlin this week.
Aniston (Just Go with It, Marley & Me), Duplass (Safety Not Guaranteed, Zero Dark Thirty) and Kingsley (Iron Man 3, Ender's Game) are set to star in this mind-bending comedy, embarking on a Charlie Kaufman-esque journey that puts them between the worlds of the cardboard box industry and inter-dimensional molecular mayhem. Justin Reardon has just finished production on his directorial debut A Many Splintered Thing starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan
Convention finds mild-mannered Paul (Duplass) and his feisty sister Abby (Aniston) setting out to change the box storage world with Paul's invention of the 5-sided box. Breaking all the laws of physics with their new product, their fiercest competitors, including maniacal box magnate Bobby Schroedinger (Kingsley) and Mathematical Construct, an atomic guardian of the natural order of universal mathematical balance, try to stop them securing the deal of their lives - oh, and ripping a giant apocalyptic whole in the fabric of the universe. On discovering the damage he's causing, Paul must race against time to put the galaxy back in order and save the girl of his dreams.
Here's what K5 Partners Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur had to say.
"We have an absolute dream cast for this dream comedy concept. It brings to mind films like Being John Malkovich, and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and in Justin Reardon we have a wildly talented and totally visionary director."
Producer Paul Schiff also released the following statement.
"Convention is a wildly original and funny screenplay. Justin Reardon's approach to the material is bold, inventive and bursting with imagination. And finally, we could not be more thrilled to have such a gifted group of actors on board to bring this film to life."
Carl Clifton, K5 Partner - Sales & Marketing added the following statement.
"This is the most original and funniest script for at least a decade. The marketplace lives and breathes for projects like this. It's totally unique and yet, at its heart, simpleand extremely marketable and with a cast to die for."
The deal was negotiated by Daniel Baur on behalf of K5 International and Lawrence M. Kopeikin, Paul Schiff and Tai Duncan on behalf of Paul Schiff Productions. CAA and ICM Partners co-represent North America.
Written by Chris Painter (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) and produced by Paul Schiff (Rushmore, Mona Lisa Smile) and Tai Duncan (Tenure, The Air I Breathe) of Schiff Productions Productions, the film is directed by Reardon, hotly regarded as one of today's most innovative commercials maker including work for Budweiser (Wassup! and Howyadoin!).
Aniston is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Duplass by ICM Partners and Kingsley by CAA/Independent Talent Group. Reardon is repped by Verve and the Arlook Group, Painter by Kaplan/Perrone.