RADiUS is proud to announce one of the first major acquisitions of the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, with North American rights to The Last 5 Years, Richard LaGravenese's (Behind the Candelabra) big screen adaptation of the 2002 Off-Broadway musical by Tony Award winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown. Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan (Smash) star in LaGravenese's highly anticipated film.
The Last 5 Years will celebrate its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 7th at 8:30PM at the Ryerson Theater.
The film's two stars are no strangers to the musical community. Kendrick previously received a Tony Award nomination for High Society, and is well known for her wildly popular role in Pitch Perfect, the upcoming Pitch Perfect 2 and Into the Woods. She also had a top ten song on the US Billboard Hot 100 with "Cups" which peaked at #6 on the chart. Tony nominated Jordan, best known for his roles in the Tony Award winning musical Newsies and his scene stealing performance in Smash, currently stars in the Broadway bound musical, Finding Neverland (a TWC Production). The Last 5 Years was produced by Lauren Versel of Lucky Monkey Pictures, Kurt Deutsch of Sh-K-Boom Records and Janet Brenner. Richard LaGravenese is also a producer.
The Last 5 Years is a musical chronicling a love affair and marriage taking place over a five year period. Jamie Wellerstein (Jordan) is a young, talented up and coming novelist who falls in love with Cathy Hiatt (Kendrick), a struggling actress. Their story is told almost entirely through song. All of Cathy's songs begin at the end of their marriage and move backwards in time to the beginning of their love affair, while Jamie's songs start at the beginning of their affair and move forward to the end of their marriage. They meet in the center when Jamie proposes.
RADiUS has slated a Valentine's Day 2015 release.
RADiUS co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego had this to say in the following statement.
"For the romantic of heart, The Last 5 Years is a love story that delivers across the board. Richard has done an extraordinary job with Jason Robert Brown's music and lyrics. Anna Kendrick continues to impress - what a voice! and, Jeremy Jordan is bound for stardom. Those familiar with the show will be thrilled with the faithful adaptation and audiences everywhere are in for a real treat."
Richard LaGravenese had this to say in his statement.
"The Last 5 Years has been one of the greatest creative experiences I've ever had. Working in the independent film world with such extraordinary talent gave me the freedom to make the movie I wanted. And now to have RADiUS as our distributor is really a lucky break. RADiUS is at the forefront of re-inventing film distribution for today's audiences."
Jason Robert Brown also offered his own statement.
"What started as the tiniest spark of an idea fifteen years has now blossomed into this miracle of a movie that gets so deeply and honestly into the souls of the characters I created. I couldn't be happier with what Richard, Anna and Jeremy have brought to life, and I couldn't be happier that it's found a home at exactly the right company."
The film's producers had this to say in a joint statement.
"We are very excited to be teaming with RADiUS, an innovative distribution company with a creative and bold vision for reaching new audiences for Richard Lagravenese's stunning and highly original film. We were fortunate to work with Richard, Jason, Anna, Jeremy and the rest of our fantastic creative team to bring Jason's beloved musical to the screen. We can't wait to share this gem with audiences."
Tom Quinn and Jason Janego negotiated the deal with CAA. The Exchange is selling international at TIFF. The production is represented by attorneys Iddo Arad and Hayden Goldblatt of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.