Virgil Films announced that it has acquired U.S. distribution rights to I Am Chris Farley, the definitive biographical film about the late comedy star featuring co-stars and colleagues such as Christina Applegate, Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Molly Shannon, David Spade, and many others. The new film, directed by Brent Hodge and Derik Murray, will open in key markets nationwide in the later part of summer 2015 and will debut on Spike Monday, August 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT to be followed by Video-On-Demand availability.
The acquisition arrangement was negotiated by Joe Amodei, CEO and President of Virgil Films, and Derik Murray, Founder and CEO of Network Entertainment. The film, from the directors of A Brony Tale, I Am Evel Knievel and the upcoming Johnny Cash - American Rebel, tells Chris Farley's story, from his early days in Madison, Wisconsin, and at Marquette University, through his work at the legendary club Second City to his rapid rise to the top of the comedy world on "Saturday Night Live" and in hit films like Tommy Boy and Black Sheep.
Sharing insights into the beloved funnyman are such co-stars and colleagues as Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Dan Aykroyd, Bo Derek, Pat Finn, Jon Lovitz, Lorne Michaels, Jay Mohr, Mike Myers, Bob Odenkirk, Bob Saget, Adam Sandler, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Brian Stack and Fred Wolf. The filmmakers also speak to Chris Farley's four siblings, including his brother Kevin, a comedian and actor, and his brother Tom Jr., who wrote the biography "The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in Three Acts."
Co-director and producer Derik Murray said:
"Chris Farley's talent knew no bounds. A fearless performer who sought only to please an audience, he left behind a remarkable body of work, and we are proud to present his story with the support of an iconic cast that knew and loved Chris."
Virgil Films' Joe Amodei added I Am Chris Farley "reveals the real man behind the comic genius - and poignantly reminds us of the great work that went left undone."
With the full cooperation and participation of the Farley family,I Am Chris Farley showcases the performer's most memorable characters and skits from television and film, paired with iconic photographs, home movies, family snapshots and personal artifacts, to fully round out the story of this comedy legend - a bear of a man who nevertheless had remarkable grace and physicality. Clips from Chris Farley's most memorable performances fill the documentary, from his breathtaking Chippendales audition alongside Patrick Swayze, to his comically ill-fated salesman in Tommy Boy, to his diatribes as Matt Foley, the motivational speaker who "lives in a van down by the river!"
Chris Farley lived his life full speed and committed to make everyone around him laugh out loud, and I Am Chris Farley will tell his hilarious, touching and wildly entertaining story for the first time ever. Executive produced by Paul Gertz, Kent Wingerak and Robert Pirooz, I Am Chris Farley is "an amazing tribute to a comedy legend" (Variety) and "an intimate look inside the life of one of the best, gone too soon" (Los Angeles Times).