The Orchard may have squashed plans to release Louis CK’s new movie in any cinemas, but the newly disgraced comedian is buying back the distribution rights from them.
Deadline broke the news today.
The Orchard had paid $5 million for worldwide rights to I Love You, Daddy, after its debut screening last summer at the Toronto Film Festival. The New York Times expose on CK — and how he had masturbated without consent in front of multiple women in comedy — broke the day his film was set for a NYC premiere, but that never happened. However, several thousand DVD screeners of the film did go into the mail for awards voting consideration.
It’s not yet clear what CK will do with the film once he regains ownership of the distribution rights.
He has released stand-up comedy specials and a TV series (Horace and Pete) previously on his own website.
An homage in part to Woody Allen and Manhattan, I Love You, Daddy already was very problematic and outrageously gross considering what everyone knows now. The film grapples with sexual predators and even pedophilia, with CK playing a TV writer whose teen daughter (Chloe Grace Moretz) gets involved with an old filmmaker (John Malkovich).