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ThinkFilm Purchases a TV Set

Published August 31, 2006 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of WireImage.
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David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver are making waves with their dark comedy The TV Set.

ThinkFilm Acquires North American Rights to The TV Set


According to THR,
ThinkFilm has acquired all North American rights to Jake Kasdan's The TV Set, starring David Duchovny and Sigourney Weaver. The film was a hit this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The TV Set chronicles the trials of an idealistic writer (Duchovny) who watches his dream TV project slowly dismantled by a barrage of industry executives, including a network president (Weaver) whose lineup features such breakout hits as "Slut Wars."

ThinkFilm paid low seven figures for the dark comedy, set to hit theatres in the spring.

The film mirrors writer-director Kasdan's work in the TV industry. "I directed a whole bunch of episodes of (NBC's) 'Freaks and Geeks,' which was very joyful," he said, "but after that my experiences seemed to get less and less joyful." Kasdan sees the characters reflecting a business "occupied primarily by decent people trying do their job as well as they can and not get fired. Sometimes they have competing agendas."



ThinkFilm has been planning on the purchase of The TV Set for some time and, after the film's success at Tribeca, the indie film studio followed its appearances at the Los Angeles and Traverse City film festivals.


"We've been looking for the right price (for the film) and the right company," Kasdan said. "ThinkFilm and (theatrical head) Mark Urman agreed that there's a very wide audience for it -- anyone who's worked in a large bureaucratic environment and anyone who has a TV set."

"If it weren't so funny, 'The TV Set' would be very scary for what it has to say about the way we live now," Urman said. "How clever of Jake Kasdan to expose how hard it is to create something good in today's dumbed-down America, and then to have created something so good himself."

Stay tuned for updates.


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