Lionsgate Acquires Ray Romano’s ‘Somewhere In Queens’

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired the rights for Ray Romano‘s Somewhere in Queens, which premiered at the Tribeca International Film Festival earlier this year. The studio plans to release the movie theatrically sometime in 2023.

Directed by Romano and co-written by Romano and Mark Stegemann, the movie also stars Romano, Laurie Metcalf, Sebastian Maniscalco, Sadie Stanley, and Jennifer Esposito.

In a statement, Lionsgate’s executive vice president of acquisitions and co-productions Eda Kowan said that “Ray Romano has delivered an outstanding directorial debut, creating a vibrant family tapestry that is immediately relatable and heartfelt. We are very proud to be distributing the film with our partners at Roadside and feel it will really connect with audiences.”

Romano, on the other had, expressed that he is “so excited to know that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will be bringing this movie to theaters everywhere. I lived with every facet of this production for years, as a director, co-writer, actor and producer. It’s such a personal story for me, and it’s inspiring to see these two companies step up because they believe in the movie as much as I do.”

Our editor-in-chief Joey Magidson saw the movie at Tribeca, and said that the movie “has has a number of things to say about family, middle age, and first love, which is a lot to pull off, but Romano has a deft touch. Aside from the film running a little bit too long and inevitably leading to conflicts that could have been avoided, there’s very little to complain about. It’s just a real good movie, plain and simple.” Read his full review of the movie here.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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Written by Maxance Vincent

Maxance Vincent is a freelance film and TV critic, and a recent graduate of a BFA in Film Studies at the Université de Montréal. He is currently finishing a specialization in Video Game Studies, focusing on the psychological effects regarding the critical discourse on violent video games.

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