New York-based prodco and distributor IFC Films has acquired the North American rights to Robert B. Weide (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Don Argott’s feature-length documentary Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time.
Produced by Whyaduck Productions and 9.14 Pictures, the film recounts the life and career of science fiction novelist Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse-Five, Player Piano), and the 25-year friendship he shared with Weide up until the author’s death in 2007 at age 84.
Unstuck in Time will serve as a deep-dive into the literary icon’s upbringing in Indianapolis, his experience as a prisoner of war in World War II, his years as a struggling writer and Vonnegut’s eventual superstardom in 1969 following the publication of the anti-war novel Slaughterhouse-Five.
The film will feature rarely-seen 32-year-old archival footage alongside intimate interviews with Vonnegut, his children, contemporaries and Weide himself.
IFC Films will release Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time in Summer 2021.
The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco, EVP acquisitions and productions of IFC Films, with Weide and Argott.
“When I first approached Vonnegut to authorize this film in 1982, I envisioned a fairly conventional author documentary,” said Weide in a statement. “As the decades rolled by, fate stepped in, and what I wound up with was far from conventional. As my friendship with my literary idol grew, full disclosure was called for, and Don Argott came on to document the meta element of this story, as I continued to focus on Vonnegut’s biography.
“What we wound up with was a hybrid that combined our respective strengths as filmmakers and will hopefully be seen as a worthy tribute by Vonnegut’s fans and a compelling introduction for the uninitiated. I’m grateful to IFC for stepping up and bringing this lifelong passion project to the public.”
Added Bocco: “The portrait that Bob and Don have created is an unparalleled look at an icon who has shaped modern culture and we are honored to bring that rare glimpse to audiences across the country.”