‘The Bronze’ theatrical release delayed again

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com

Movie-goers won’t find “The Bronze” in theaters Friday.

Filmed largely in Amherst last summer, the film had been set for an Oct. 16 release but was stomped on this fall by the bankruptcy of Relativity Media.

The Melissa Rauch-spearheaded dark comedy debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

Its domestic rights were picked up by Relativity in a $3 million deal. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought worldwide rights.

Known for quirky titles such as “Immortals,” “3 Days to Kill,” and “Oculus,” Relativity filed in July under Chapter 11 protection to stave off its debts.

A spokesman for Relativity Media told the News-Times that the film would hit wide audiences by July 31.

That was pushed back and in September the company quietly and indefinitely rolled back plans to release two horror flicks — “The Disappointments Room” with Kate Beckinsale and “Before I Wake” with Kate Bosworth — along with “The Bronze.”

Now Variety reports the comedy will get a Sony Pictures Classics release, though no date has been set.

“The Bronze” stars Rauch, who also wrote the screenplay with husband Winston Rauch, as an international gymnastics medalist who returns to her small hometown.

That role is played by the city of Amherst.

Shooting locations included exteriors on Park Avenue North Lake Street. Park Lanes, Quarry Cafe, and Hastee Tastee feature in the movie, as does a residence on Brandt Avenue.

Additional scenes were shot in Elyria and Cleveland.

Co-stars include Gary Cole (“Office Space”), Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Thomas Middleditch (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), and Haley Lu Richardson (“Ravenswood”).

It is the feature film directorial debut of Bryan Buckley, known in the industry for helming Super Bowl commercials.

By all critical accounts, the film is filthy. Reviewers are split on whether it’s fun — “The Bronze” enjoys a six out of 10 rating on the Internet Movie Database and just 13 percent “fresh” on the site Rotten Tomatoes, where only two of 16 critics gave positive write-ups.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk