‘SNL’-Packed Football Comedy ‘Balls Out’ Lands Distribution From Orion Releasing

Andrew Disney directed the film, which co-stars Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharoah

The “SNL”-packed football comedy “Balls Out” has landed North American distribution from Orion Releasing following its premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. MGM will distribute the film in Latin America.

Formerly titled “Intramural,” the film was directed by Andrew Disney and written by Bradley Jackson. It will be released theatrically and on VOD in the U.S. on June 19.

The story follows 5th-year college seniors who go for one last shot at glory in the semi-competitive world of intramural football.

Jake Lacy, Nick Kocher and Nikki Reed star alongside “Saturday Night Live” players Kate McKinnon, Beck Bennett and Jay Pharaoh.

With graduation, marriage, and an uncertain future on the horizon, Caleb Fuller (Lacy) decides to do the one thing he vowed to never do again — get the old flag football team back together. Now with the help of his Panther teammates and unorthodox head coach Grant Rosenfalis (Kocher), Caleb must defy all odds in the hope of achieving the glory he once had.

Russell Wayne Groves, Andrew Lee, David Ward and Red Sanders and Jackson produced the film, which won the Best Guilty Pleasure award at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. The movie was executive produced by Tucker Moore, Jason Netter and Spence Jackson.

Orion Releasing focuses on multi-platform releases via specialized theatrical runs and premium video on demand services.

CAA, Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment and attorney Lev Ginsburg represent both Disney and Jackson, though it was Deborah McIntosh at WME who negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.