The studio, which made the announcement Thursday, said it plans a fall release timed to coincide with award season and election coverage.
‚ÄúThe Front Runner‚ÄĚ chronicles the rise and fall of Hart, a charismatic U.S. Senator from Colorado, who was considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination when his campaign was sidelined by the story of an extramarital relationship with Donna Rice. In what may have been the first merger of tabloid journalism and political journalism, Hart was forced to drop out of the race.
Reitman said, ‚ÄúHaving grown up wandering around the Columbia lot as a kid, it is a particular thrill to bring¬†The ‚ÄėFront Runner‚Äô back home to the first studio I can remember. I cannot wait for movie goers to see Hugh‚Äôs humanist transformation into one of the more complicated political figures of our time.‚ÄĚ
Reitman‚Äôs first film, ‚ÄúThank You for Smoking,‚ÄĚ was set in the world of Washington, D.C., lobbyists. He was nominated for Academy Awards for directing ‚ÄúJuno‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúUp in the Air.‚ÄĚ His comedy-drama ‚ÄúTully,‚ÄĚ which stars Charlize Theron and is written by Diablo Cody, opened last week.
Reitman and Helen Estabrook produced the film through their Right of Way Films banner in partnership with Bron Studios‚Äô Aaron Gilbert, backed by Creative Wealth Media.
Gilbert, the president and CEO of Bron, said, ‚ÄúThis often overlooked moment points to the intersection where political journalism and gossip journalism drove into the same lane, and it couldn‚Äôt be more timely. We are so proud of this film and the work we‚Äôve been able to do with our partners Jason and Helen.‚ÄĚ
The film also stars Mamoudou Athie, Josh Brener, Kaitlyn Dever, Tommy Dewey, Molly Ephraim, Spencer Garrett, Ari Graynor, Toby Huss, Mike Judge, Alex Karpovsky, Mark O‚ÄôBrien, Sara Paxton, Kevin Pollak, and Steve Zissis.¬†The screenplay was written by veteran political journalist Matt Bai, former Hillary Clinton press secretary Jay Carson, and Reitman, based on Bai‚Äôs 2014 book ‚ÄúAll the Truth Is Out.‚ÄĚ
Endeavor Content and Bloom handled the worldwide sale. Jon Freedberg and Michael Helfand of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions negotiated on behalf of Sony. Anjay Nagpal and Matthew Erramouspe of O‚ÄôMelveny negotiated on behalf of Bron Studios.