The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing announced today they have acquired North American rights to Nature Calls, a raucous comedy starring Patton Oswalt, Johnny Knoxville, Rob Riggle, Patrice O'Neal (in his final film role), Maura Tierney, and Darrell Hammond. The film was written and directed by Todd Rohal (The Catechism Cataclysm), and produced by Lisa Muskat. Filmmaker David Gordon Green executive produced with David Bausch, Michael B. Clark and John Hodges.
Oswalt stars as Scoutmaster Randy Stevens, whose dwindling, apathetic troop ditches a scout meeting in favor of a TV-themed slumber party hosted by Randy's brother Kirk (Knoxville), his polar opposite and arch nemesis. When Randy rounds up the boys in the middle of the night, stealing them for an highly unauthorized/unorganized trip to the woods, all hell breaks loose as Kirk pursues with a pair of gun-toting employees (Riggle and O'Neal). Drinking, nudity, mishandled fireworks and tremendously inappropriate behavior around minors ensues, in the grand tradition of comedy classics like The Bad News Bears and Meatballs.
"Nature Calls holds its own with the best low-brow comedy classics," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "Well directed with a truly funny cast, this is going to be a late night favorite for years to come."
Director Rohal added, "I'm thrilled to have our film welcomed into the collection of Magnolia films. They're a company that continues to release films that shock and amaze me. It's great to be a part of their world."
Magnet will release the film this fall through its Ultra VOD program, debuting the film on all VOD platforms on October 4th, with a theatrical release to follow on November 9th.
The deal was negotiated by Magnet/Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley, with Cinetic Media and CAA.