One thing Summit Entertainment has proven is that they’ll take chances with good quality films despite the media hype surrounding those involved.
Back in January the distributor picked up Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” despite the media frenzy that had begun 2-3 months before over his arrest in Zurich and subsequent attempts to extradite him to the US.
Polanski’s name wasn’t highlighted in the promotional material, but it wasn’t avoided either, and the $45 million film went on to earn $15.5 million in the U.S. and $60 million globally with strong reviews that will likely place it down the bottom of a few ‘Best of the Year’ critics lists.
Nearly a year on, the company has decided to go forward with distributing the Jodie Foster-directed black comedy “The Beaver” and is aiming to give the project a Spring release reports Deadline. The Summit team face a greater challenge this time as they can’t exactly downplay the fact that Mel Gibson plays the lead role.
Based on a highly acclaimed script, Gibson stars as a depressed man who finds solace in wearing a beaver hand-puppet. Of course the actor remains a controversial media topic following the highly publicised outbursts at his ex-girlfriend earlier this year.
Yet director Foster has been one of the few to have stood by the actor throughout and the strong reviews this is expected to get may help the review and Gibson himself overcome some of the stigma that presently surrounds him in the press.
The trailer for the film is expected to debut on tonight’s edition of “Entertainment Tonight”.