Shout! Studios, the multi-platform entertainment distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has acquired North American rights to the sci-fi comedy-drama Linoleum from Sub_Sequential Picture.
The announcement comes on the heels of the film’s successful world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and its Sloan Science on Screen Award win at the San Francisco International Film Festival.
Written and directed by Colin West, the film stars Jim Gaffigan and Rhea Seehorn. The cast also includes Katelyn Nacon, Gabriel Rush, Amy Hargreaves , Roger Hendricks Simon, Elizabeth Henry and West Duchovny.
Linoleum is a personal and inventive story that weaves life-altering generational moments into a cosmic tapestry of human experiences. Cameron Edwin (Gaffigan), the host of a failing children’s science TV show called “Above & Beyond,” has always had aspirations of being an astronaut. After a mysterious space-race era satellite coincidentally falls from space and lands in his backyard, his midlife crisis manifests in a plan to rebuild the machine into his dream rocket. As his relationship with his wife (Seehorn) and daughter (Nacon) start to strain, surreal events begin unfolding around him — a doppelgänger moving into the house next door, a car falling from the sky, and an unusual teenage boy forging a friendship with him. He slowly starts to piece these events together to ultimately reveal that there’s more to his life story than he once thought.
Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America, including theatrical, digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and home entertainment for cross-platform releases. Shout! Studios plans a strategic launch of this movie across all major entertainment platforms, beginning with a theatrical launch later this year.
“Jim Gaffigan delivers a sensational, versatile performance in Colin’s wonderfully offbeat story about dreams, connection and alternate realities. Linoleum is one of those singular gems that gets fervently recommended to friends and family for years and years, and we’re eager to do everything we can to help make that happen,” said Jordan Fields, Shout VP of acquisitions.