Gordon-Levitt has been exceedingly busy as an actor over the last year, playing starring roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Premium Rush, and Lincoln. He's also set to appear as part of the eclectic ensemble of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, scheduled for release this October. In short, everybody already wanted to take part in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt business.
In addition to all that acting, Gordon Levitt's Don Jon's Addiction marks the first film he's written and directed. He stars as the title character, a callow womanizer with an addiction to online pornography who sets out to overcome his debilitating addiction through actual, fulfilling relationships. His Brick and Looper collaborator Ram Bergman serves as producer.
The film, which also stars Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, immediately eliciting ecstatic reviews and solicitations from parties interested in distributing the first movie from HitRecord Films. Relativity Media won the ensuing bidding war for Don Jon's Addiction, and will distribute the film domestically this year, with a release date to be announced shortly.
"I always intended this to be a movie for a mass popular audience," Gordon-Levitt said in the press release from Relativity. "Everyone told me it was a long shot. Now Relativity is making it happen. Tucker and Robbie told me they believe that, more than anything, audiences want something unique. I couldn't agree with them more. I admire them for putting their money where their mouth is. And I couldn't possibly be more grateful."
Here's the full announcement, complete with Relativity CEO Tucker Tooley's thoughts on the acquisition:
(Park City, Utah) January 21, 2013 – Relativity Media announced today the acquisition of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s daring, hotly pursued directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the film written, directed and starring Gordon-Levitt alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore. The studio plans a wide-release and further distribution details including a release date will be announced at a later time. Don Jon’s Addiction is a Voltage Pictures presentation of a HitRecord Films, Ram Bergman production. It was produced by Ram Bergman with Nicolas Chartier serving as Executive Producer. This marks the third collaboration between producer Ram Bergman (BRICK, LOOPER) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt said, "I always intended this to be a movie for a mass popular audience. Everyone told me it was a long shot. Now Relativity is making it happen. Tucker and Robbie told me they believe that, more than anything, audiences want something unique. I couldn't agree with them more. I admire them for putting their money where their mouth is. And I couldn't possibly be more grateful."
Tucker Tooley, President, Relativity added, “Joseph Gordon-Levitt is an incredibly talented filmmaker and he has created a bold, funny and moving story and we are proud to work with him, Ram Bergman and the rest of their team on bringing his vision to audiences across the country.”
Jon Martello objectifies everything in his life: his apartment, his car, his family, his church, and, of course, women. His buddies even call him Don Jon because of his ability to pull “10s” every weekend without fail. Yet even the finest flings don’t compare to the transcendent bliss he achieves alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Dissatisfied, he embarks on a journey to find a more gratifying sex life, but ends up learning larger lessons of life and love through relationships with two very different women.
CAA and WME negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. International sales are being handled by Voltage Pictures.
Relativity previously acquired the documentary film Catfish at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival which not only spawned a successful theatrical release, but a hit MTV show which debuted No. 1 in its timeslot and was picked up for a second season.
Up next, Relativity will release the outrageous Movie 43 (in theatres January 25, 2013), the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ best-selling Safe Haven (in theatres February 14, 2013), the comedy 21 and Over (in theatres March 1, 2013) and the corporate espionage thriller Paranoia (in theatres October 4, 2013). Relativity is currently in post-production on Scott Cooper’s gritty dramatic thriller currently-titled Out of the Furnace and Luc Besson’s comedic action film Malavita (October 18, 2013) with EuropaCorp. Relativity recently announced Jimmy Hayward’s upcoming animated, hilarious buddy comedy Turkeys (November 14, 2014).