#52. Butter – Jim Field Smith
The Weinsteins have a good rapport with the festival, and along with the hope of giving the TIFF preemed Submarine an extra showing in the Spotlight section, they might try to grab a Premieres space for Jim Field Smith’s Butter. The film is officially ready (see Smith’s pic) and footage was shown at the AFM – so they have the option of waiting until the fall, or gain entry into the theatrical market with a The Kids Are All Right mindset – build buzz early and position the family comedy early summer.
Scripted by Jason Micallef (it’s a really good screenplay – think Best in Show), set in a small Midwest town, this follows a young orphan who named Destiny, after being adopted by a Midwestern family, discovers she has an uncanny talent for butter-carving. She eventually finds herself up against the ambitious wife (Garner) of the retired reigning champion in a town’s annual butter-sculpting contest. Crazy cast includes: Rob Corddry, Jennifer Garner, Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Hugh Jackman, Alicia Silverstone, Olivia Wilde and will introduce Yara Shahidi.