Brothers update

Nothing major, but hopefully this is the step that will allow the film to finally move full speed ahead towards a release date later in the year. From Variety.

Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media has reached a multiyear output deal with Lionsgate covering up to five movies a year.

The deal, announced Monday, has been rumored for several weeks in the wake of Lionsgate’s decision to trim its inhouse production slate (Daily Variety, April 14).

The first title to be released under the pact will be “Brothers,” directed by Jim Sheridan and starring Tobey Maguire, Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman in a drama about two brothers in love with the same woman. Lionsgate is expected to release “Brothers,” based on the 2004 film by Danish writer-director Susanne Bier, later this year.

Jeff Wells talks about it in this update.

I’m not saying IMDB reader comments can be trusted, but a few correspondents have claimed to have attended research screenings of Brothers in recent months and found it satisfying. This plus the quality of Bier’s film plus Sheridan’s pedigree tells me it must be at least a moderately decent if not better-than-decent film. But there’s always a reason when a movie gets repeatedly postponed and kicked around. Here’s hoping otherwise.