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Shout! Studios Acquires North American Rights To Peter Chelsom’s New Family Comedy Movie A Sudden Case Of Christmas

Shout! Studios, a multi-platform media company, has acquired North American rights to the highly anticipated new holiday film A SUDDEN CASE OF CHRISTMAS from Notorious Pictures and Riverstone Pictures in association with WME Independent. Directed by Peter Chelsom (The Space Between Us, Serendipity), Danny DeVito (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Minions & More 1) and Andie MacDowell (The Way Home, Four Weddings and a Funeral) lead an impressive international cast that includes Wilmer Valderrama (That ‘70s Show, Encanto), Lucy DeVito (The List, Dead Beat), Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, The Snowman), José Zúñiga (Physical, Twilight), Valeria Cavalli (Mario, Maria e Mario, Double Team) with Mario de la Rosa (Money Heist, The Night Manager), Francesco Salvi (The Game Changer, 10th & Wolf), Denis Conway (Brooklyn, Bodkin) and introducing Antonella Rose. The announcement was made today by Shout’s Executive Vice President Melissa Boag, Guglielmo Marchetti, Chairman of Notorious Pictures, Stefano Bethlen, CEO of Notorious Pictures, and Jordan Fields, Shout’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Originals.

Produced by Guglielmo Marchetti and Stefano Bethlen of Notorious Pictures, and Nik Bower of Riverstone Pictures, A SUDDEN CASE OF CHRISTMAS is a delightful family movie that showcases the breathtaking beauty of the Dolomite Mountain range in Italy. This heartwarming film captures the essence of love, family, traditions, and Christmas. It takes viewers on a journey full of laughs and emotions that will tug at their heartstrings.

The film follows Lawrence (DeVito), who runs a grand hotel in the mountains of Italy. Every winter, he hosts the extended family for Christmas – but this year, his daughter (Lucy Devito) and her husband (Valderrama) are bringing their 10-year-old, Claire (Antonella Rose), to visit in August. The young couple comes with shocking news, they are divorcing and tasked Lawrence with being the bearer of bad news to Claire. When Claire realizes her soon-to-be broken family won’t be returning in December, she insists on having one last Christmas with the entire family now in the middle of summer. Her other grandparents (MacDowell and José Zúñiga) are summoned while Claire, in collusion with her grandfather Lawrence, plans activities designed to reunite her parents and bring the whole family back together. (Courtesy of Deadline)

Shout! Studios has secured all distribution rights in North America to A SUDDEN CASE OF CHRISTMAS, including theatrical and home entertainment rights (digital, video-on-demand, broadcast, and all packaged media). Shout! plans a strategic rollout of A SUDDEN CASE OF CHRISTMAS across multiple entertainment platforms later this year.

A SUDDEN CASE OF CHRISTMAS emphasizes the importance of family bonds and takes you on a journey through the beautiful landscapes of Italy. We believe this film will resonate with audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and we are excited to share it with a broad audience,” stated Melissa Boag, Executive Vice President of Family Entertainment at Shout! Studios

Jordan Fields, Shout’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions and Originals: “This stunningly photographed and charming film emphasizes that Christmas is more than one day a year; rather, it’s a generosity of spirit and connection to family and community that can (and should) happen anywhere and at any time.”

Guglielmo Marchetti, Chairman of Notorious Pictures: "We are immensely proud to announce that Shout! Studios will be distributing our film across North America. This partnership marks a significant milestone, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to bring our heartfelt creation to American audiences. We have poured our passion and dedication into this project, and we sincerely hope that it resonates deeply with viewers, inspiring both joy and reflection."

The deal was negotiated by Jordan Fields and Steven Katz, Shout’s Vice President of Business Affairs for Shout! Studios and Abraham Bengio of WME Independent on behalf of the filmmakers.