Roadside Attractions and Liddell Entertainment have acquired U.S. and Canadian rights from EuropaCorp to I Love You Phillip Morris, co-directed and co-written by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (co-writers of Bad Santa), based on the non-fiction book by former Houston Chronicle investigative reporter Steve McVicker, and starring Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann and Rodrigo Santoro.
The eagerly-anticipated film, produced by Andrew Lazar and Far Shariat with Luc Besson as executive producer, has been a buzz-worthy title since world premiering at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, screening as part of Directors' Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival and opening to huge critical-acclaim internationally. The North American deal was announced jointly by Howard Cohen, Co-President of Roadside Attractions and Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment. Roadside Attractions plans a December 3, 2010 release.
"Audiences who know this is from the creators of Bad Santa will be thrilled that it's as outrageous as they'd expect," said Mickey Liddell, who partnered with Roadside Attractions in releasing Chris Rock's Good Hair in 2009. "It's a true-life, daring, crazy love story with fascinating lead performances by Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor"
"Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor once again prove themselves to be among the rare group of A-list actors who take the risks, embrace them and wildly succeed," added Howard Cohen. "This is a film that everyone has been talking about, and we're thrilled it became available again, as we had been in hot pursuit of it at Sundance and were disappointed it was one that got away."
I Love You Phillip Morris is the improbable but true story of a spectacularly charismatic conman's journey from small-town businessman to flamboyant white-collar criminal, who repeatedly finds himself in trouble with the law and on the lam, brilliantly escaping from the Texas prison system on four separate occasions - all in the name of love.