•• Freestyle Releasing and Freestyle Digital Media (FDM) announced today that they have acquired theatrical and all DVD/VOD rights to JAKE SQUARED, the existential comedy from writer/director Howard Goldberg (director of Sundance Festival favorite EDEN). Watch the trailer below!
The film features Elias Koteas (“Chicago PD”), Jennifer Jason Leigh, Academy Award-nominee Virginia Madsen, Jane Seymour and Mike Vogel (“Under the Dome”). JAKE SQUARED was produced by Goldberg, Koteas, and David K. Wilson. Executive Producer was Oren Koules (“Saw” series and “2 1/2 Men”). The film is slated for a theatrical and VOD release on August 15th, 2014.
Jake Klein, 50 (Koteas), sets out to make a movie. He hires an actor to play himself and throws a big party. His idea is to shoot the heck out of it and see what he gets. But, everything spins out of control as different, unexpected people show up. Old loves are there. New loves are there. His dead father, his mother when she was young, his kids, his ex-wife, even his younger selves, Jake at 40, Jake at 30 and Jake at 17, are there, too – and every one of them has tons of advice on how to fix his screwed up life. Jake’s head reels as he staggers through what’s either a mystical experience, a nervous breakdown… or both!
Freestyle Releasing Co-President Mark Borde brokered the deal with Howard Goldberg. “Jake Squared is a funny, star-packed indie darling,” said Borde, “we are very happy to now be offering it to a wide audience.”
JAKE SQUARED was recently the centerpiece film at the 2014 Downtown Film Festival of Los Angeles and won both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress — Feature Film awards, for Virginia Madsen and Jane Seymour, respectively.
•• Virginia Madsen’s career will continue its own success (following recent appearances in shows like Witches Of East End) in Babylon Fields, a new undead-themed NBC pilot. According to TV Club editor Todd VanDerWerff, Babylon Fields is actually based on an unsold 2007 pilot for CBS, in which “The dead return to earth in an attempt to restore old wounds” (plot as listed on IMDB).
The current resurgence in zombie interest, kicked off in 2010 with AMC’s The Walking Dead, has brought new life to this pilot as well. Writer of the 2007 film, Gerald Cuesta, is back on board to expand his original effort, as is his brother Michael (Homeland, Dexter) to direct. (According to IMDB, Picket Fences star Kathy Baker was the biggest name in the 2007 pilot, which also lists such roles as “Dead Woman,” “Living Dead Man,” and “Lead Zombie.”)
Madsen plays the mother of a Center For Disease Control scientist that she tries to lure back to Babylon, N.Y., the place where zombies actually heal themselves (and their family issues, presumably), foretelling what might be the next step in human evolution.
The show will also feature Skeet Ulrich (familiar with small-town troubles from his turn in Jericho), in the dual role of a minister and his twin brother, a junkie who returns from the dead. Kyle Schmid will appear in the series as the CDC scientist, along with Deception’s Meagan Good, Luck’s Ritchie Coster, and Magic City’s Yul Vazquez, but they, like Madsen, only get to play one part.