Susan Sarandon Comedy ‘Ping Pong Summer’ Acquired by Gravitas Ventures

Gravitas Ventures has acquired Michael Tully’s crowd-pleasing ’80s comedy “Ping Pong Summer time,” which lately premiered on the Sundance Movie Competition, the businesses introduced Monday.

Gravitas plans to launch the movie in theaters and on VOD this summer season, whereas Millennium Leisure is nearing a deal to deal with the movie’s DVD launch later this 12 months.

Set in the course of the summer season of 1985 in Ocean Metropolis, Maryland, “Ping Pong Summer time” follows awkward 13-year-old Rad Miracle as he makes an attempt to reside as much as that identify by changing into a grasp breakdancer, ping pong participant and girls man all earlier than the tip of summer season break. The movie is predicated on Tully’s personal childhood experiences.

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Marcello Conte stars as Rad Miracle, whereas Amy Sedaris, Judah Friedlander, Lea Thompson and Susan Sarandon co-star, with the latter actress enjoying Randi Jammer, the table tennis Miyagi to Rad’s Daniel-son.

“Having been a fan of Tully’s work, each as a filmmaker and as a author at Hammer To Nail, I used to be nonetheless not ready for what a really joyous blast of a movie ‘Ping Pong Summer time’ turned out to be,” mentioned Gravitas VP of theatrical distribution Dustin Smith. “Anybody (i.e. me) who spent lonely teenage summers dreaming of rapping, breakdancing and even (gasp!) speaking to a woman goes to like this film. Plus, the place else are you going to see Susan Sarandon wield a fish like a weapon?”

“I’ve been a fan of Gravitas Ventures since its inception, so after I heard the latest information about their venturing into the theatrical sphere I grew to become fairly excited,” mentioned Tully. “On this difficult 21st century market, Gravitas has the intelligence, creativity, and enthusiasm to assist be sure that our 20th century film will get seen. To not point out their funky recent addition of Dusty Smith to the Gravitas crew, which additional sealed the deal.”

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George Rush produced “Ping Pong Summer time” with Brooke Bernard, Ryan Zacarias, Billy Peterson, Jeffrey Allard and Michael Gottwald, in affiliation with Epic Match Media, Compass Leisure and Nomadic Independence.

Rush and Submarine’s Josh Braun and David Koh negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Gravitas CEO Nolan Gallagher and Millennium’s Tristen Tuckfield dealing with duties for the distributors.