Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League is expanding his company's brand into film distribution and will release Chris Morris' terrorism comedy "Four Lions" under the newly-established banner Drafthouse Films.
"Four Lions" debuted to strong reviews at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The controversial film about a bumbling group of jihadists aims to illuminate the war on terror through satire and farce.
Morris' movie also screened at South by Southwest, Karlovy Vary and the Los Angeles Film Festival, where audiences voted it Best Narrative Feature.
"Four Lions" will begin a 10-city promotional tour in mid-October, with Morris in attendance. The film will be released this fall in New York, Los Angeles and Austin, and is expected to expand wider in the following weeks.
“I’ve been a huge fan of Chris Morris’ comedic television and radio for years. To launch our new distribution label with what I consider to be a modern classic is a dream come true,” League said in a statement.
Additionally, League told Cinematical that he plans to open Alamo Drafthouse theaters in New York and Los Angeles within the next 12 to 18 months.
Expect the L.A. theater to compete with the Landmark Theatre on Pico Blvd. for arthouse audiences.