Jeff Goldblum joins Michael Sheen and Michelle Monaghan in the dramedy PRICE OF ADMISSION
NEDA ARMIAN IS PRODUCING WITH ALEX FOSTER
RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL HANDLING SALES
Los Angeles, CA (June 5th, 2018) – Academy Award Nominee Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Isle of Dogs, Thor: Ragnarok) is joining Golden Globe nominees Michael Sheen (Nocturnal Animals, Passengers, Showtime’s “Masters of Sex”) and Michelle Monaghan (Mission: Impossible Fallout, HBO’s “True Detective”, Hulu’s “The Path”) to star in writer/director Peter Glanz’s next feature film project The Price of Admission for producers Neda Armian (Rachel Getting Married) of Armian Pictures, Alex Foster (Sleepless), and Glanz who also produces, it was announced today by Radiant Films International President and CEO, Mimi Steinbauer.
In the tradition of Being John Malkovich and Barton Fink, The Price of Admission is a unique story that is part dramedy and part existential thriller. Harold Sugar’s (Sheen) life is unraveling. He’s a middling playwright amidst a mid-life crisis and failing marriage. His wife, Eliza Sugar (Monaghan), is tired of being second-fiddle to his work, she wants a family. But incapable of functioning in reality, Harold submerges himself in an elaborate play about his life. The only person who understands his plight is his best friend, Alexander Taft (Goldblum), a behavioral psychologist with a mid-life crisis of his own. The blind leading the blind, it doesn’t turn out quite how either envisioned. Blurring the lines between fiction and reality, we follow Harold as he descends into madness – the theatre can be a harsh mistress.
Peter Glanz is directing the film from his own screenplay. The dynamic commercial director also wrote and directed the stylish dramedy The Longest Week starring Jason Bateman and Olivia Wilde as well as the short A Relationship In Four Days which screened at Sundance and Cannes Critics’ Week.
Radiant Films International is handling foreign rights to the project, which was presented to buyers at the Marché du Film in Cannes. Radiant’s acquisitions executive Mike Dougherty introduced the project to the company, with Steinbauer negotiating the rights deal. ICM packaged the film and is handling the U.S. rights.
“The Price of Admission is a brilliant, comedic dive into the mind of a playwright mounting a much anticipated play about his life while that life unravels around him scene by scene. The combination of the incomparable Jeff Goldblum alongside mega talented Michael Sheen and the luminous Michelle Monaghan gives this film its cinematic heartbeat and we could not be more honored to collaborate with this team,” commented producers Neda Armian and Alex Foster.
“Peter is assembling the perfect cast to match his unique creative vision. This type of fresh, innovative storytelling paired with the formidable talents of Michael Sheen, Michelle Monaghan and Jeff Goldblum will be a stand out project in the foreign market,” commented Steinbauer, President and CEO of Radiant Films International.
Jeff Goldblum is a stage, film and television actor. His film credits include: Isle of Dogs, Thor: Ragnarok, Independence Day: Resurgence, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Le Week-End, Adam Resurrected, The Life Aquatic, Igby Goes Down, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Nashville, The Tall Guy, Annie Hall, The Big Chill and The Fly. On television, his credits include “Will & Grace” and “Portlandia.” Goldblum appeared in the Lincoln Center Theatre’s production of “Domesticated;” “The Pillowman, on Broadway;” the West End’s “The Prisoner of Second Avenue;” and “Speed the Plow,” at the Old Vic Theatre.
Michael Sheen can currently be seen in Douglas MacKinnon’s Good Omens. Sheen has starred in several Academy Award nominated films including Stephen Frears’ The Queen, Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He also appeared in Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From the Madding Crowd and played the character of “Aro” in The Twilight Saga film series. Sheen received a Golden Globe nomination for his leading role in Showtime’s hit series “Masters of Sex”. Additionally, he can be seen in Tom Ford’s thriller Nocturnal Animals with Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal and alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in the sci-fi adventurePassengers for Columbia Pictures. The versatile actor also starred opposite Richard Gere in Joseph Cedar’s thriller Norman.
Michelle Monaghan will next be seen starring in Netflix’s drama titled “Messiah,” written by Michael Petroni. Prior, she can most recently be seen on Hulu’s hit show “The Path” with Aaron Paul and Hugh Dancy. Monaghan will next be seen in Christopher McQuarrie’s M:I 6-Mission Impossible opposite Tom Cruise. Monaghan can also be seen be seen opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Peter Berg Film, Patriots Day, about the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. She was also the lead in the crime-action feature, Sleepless, opposite Jamie Foxx. Monaghan was nominated for an Emmy for her performance on the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” opposite Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. Monaghan had an extremely successful feature career, starting out with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and Mission Impossible: III. She proceeded to work on big films like Gone Baby Gone, Made of Honor, Made of Honor, Eagle Eye, Due Date, and Source Code among others. Monaghan also starred in the Shawn Christensen film, Sidney Hall, which premiered at Sundance 2017.
Goldblum is repped by Kevin Hussey, Hildy Gottlieb and Brian Mann at ICM Partners & Keith Addis and Mike Abrams at Industry Entertainment. Sheen is repped by ICM and Tammy Rosen of Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management. Monaghan is repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion. Glanz is repped by ICM and Mosaic.
ABOUT RADIANT FILMS INTERNATIONAL:
Founded by industry veteran Mimi Steinbauer, Radiant Films International is an international sales company that acquires and distributes theatrical feature films for the foreign and U.S. markets.
Radiant Films International’s current slate includes Manto, directed by Nandita Das and premiering in Cannes in Un Certain Regard, the thriller The Gingerbread Girl adapted from Stephen King’s novella, the 2018 Marché du Film market premiere screening of Don’t Go, directed by David Gleeson and starring Stephen Dorff and Melissa George, TIFF 2017 selection and critical favorite Who We Are Now, starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto., Ashes in the Snow starring Bel Powley and Lisa Loven Kongsli, the YA thriller The Changeover starring Erana James, Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey, and Lucy Lawless, and Nicholas Galitzine.
Other Radiant titles include TIFF selection Carrie Pilby starring Bel Powley (upcoming White Boy Rick, Diary of a Teenage Girl) which was released theatrically in the U.S. by The Orchard on March 31, 2017, the acclaimed Irish comedy Handsome Devil directed by John Butler, starring Fionn O’Shea, Nicholas Galitzine, Moe Dunford, and Andrew Scott, set for a U.S. theatrical release in June 2017 by Breaking Glass, and the upcoming Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade starring Elizabeth Banks and breakout Japanese star Yosuke Kubozuka (Silence).
ABOUT ARMIAN PICTURES:
NEDA ARMIAN is a multiple award winning film producer with a varied roster of projects. Her company, Armian Pictures, produces feature films, documentaries, television, digital content and music videos. Prior to forming her company she worked with director Jonathan Demme for 11 years. Select credits include: Rachel Getting Married, The Ballad Of Lefty Brown, Fits And Starts, Jimmy Carter Man From Plains, The Truth About Charlie, Union Square, She’s The Best Thing In It, The Longest Week, Why Stop Now, The Loving Story, The Trivial Pursuits Of Arthur Banks, A Little Closer, Bad Posture, The Betrayal, Right To Return: New Home Movies From The Lower 9th Ward, The Situation, Beah: A Black Woman Speaks. www.armianpictures.com
ABOUT ALEX FOSTER:
A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Alex began his career in the music industry working in business and legal affairs for Bertelsmann Music Group in NYC. After transitioning to film, he served as Line Producer, Production Manager, and Second Assistant Director on numerous New York based independent films including STARTING OUT IN THE EVENING, LOST REVOLUTION, and DESCENT. After moving to Los Angeles in 2009 and attending the USC School of Cinematic Arts – Peter Stark Producing Program, Alex worked as a Finance & Development Executive at Mandalay Vision, where he Co-Produced Lionsgate’s THE VOICES (2014). Before joining Middleton Media as President of Production, Alex was a VP at Vertigo Entertainment and at the Affleck Middleton Project. Most recently, he Executive Produced the Open Road/Vertigo Entertainment film SLEEPLESS starring Jamie Foxx and Michelle Monaghan.