In a move that offers hope amid a pandemic landscape that remains notoriously difficult to forecast, Sony has scheduled a July 10 theatrical-only launch for The Broken Hearts Gallery and positioned the rom-com as the first studio release of the summer one week ahead of Tenet.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions’ Stage 6 Films acquired worldwide rights to Natalie Krinsky’s directorial debut, on which Selena Gomez served as executive producer, from producer-financier No Trace Camping.
Dacre Montgomery and Geraldine Viswanathan star in the story of a young art gallery assistant in New York who inspires romantics everywhere when she sets up a pop-up space filled with souvenirs from her former relationships.
Elevation Pictures will handle Canadian distribution on the film, which also stars Utkarsh Ambudkar, Molly Gordon, Phillipa Soo, Suki Waterhouse, Arturo Castro, Ego Nwodim, Taylor Hill and Bernadette Peters.
No Trace Camping’s David Gross produced, and Gomez takes her place on an executive producer roster that includes Mandy Teefey, Jesse Shapira, Jeff Arkuss, Josh Clay Phillips, Mason Novick and Michelle Knudsen.
The Broken Hearts Gallery was produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates. Endeavor Content and Jamie Feldman of LGNAFC negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
US cinema reopening guidelines in the US are being determined by individual states working with local health authorities. California issued a guidance this week that said cinemas could reopen no sooner than Friday (June 12), although few if any sites are expected to emerge from nearly three months of lockdown so soon.
In an earnings call on Tuesday, AMC CEO Adam Aron said he expected all the company’s sites to be open by July 17 and screening Tenet.
Warner Bros’ Christopher Nolan sci-fi Tenet is set to open on July 17, followed by Disney’s Mulan a week later. The first original film scheduled to open this summer season is Russell Crowe thriller Unhinged from Solstice Studios on July 1.