Last year the Alamo Drafthouse created its own distribution arm, Drafthouse Films, and selected Four Lions as the first film it would be releasing in the US. Chris Morris' film wound up appearing in a healthy number of end of the year lists (it landed the top spot on my best list), but since then we haven't heard too much on the Drafthouse Films acquisitions front (they are producing The ABCs of Death, though). That changes today.
Drafthouse Films has picked up The FP for distribution and appointed a new company director to handle all future acquisitions and distribution plans. If you haven't heard of The FP, don't feel embarassed, not many have, but soon they'll know. Soon they'll all know! Let's just let the press release do the talking:
"Set in a near post-apocalyptic future, THE FP centers on two rival neon-clad gangs raging an underground turf war for dominance of Fraizer Park (“The FP”) in the deadly arena of “Beat-Beat Revelation” – a competitive dance-fight video game. THE FP is a nod to ‘80s sci-fi/action genre fare and is directed by brothers Jason and Brandon Trost (Cinematographer, CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE and the upcoming GHOST RIDER 2: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE), and Executive Produced by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY and INSIDIOUS fame. A limited theatrical release for the “rare ready-made cult hit” (Moviefone) is planned for Q1 of 2012."
As for the new director of Drafthouse Films, that title now belongs to Evan Husney. If you're a big fan of cult movies from around the world, you might recognize Husney from his work at Severin Films, where he oversaw the releases of Hardware, Santa Sangre, The Stunt Man and Birdemic: Shock and Terror.
Note: Drafthouse Films will probably be cutting together a new trailer for The FP, but here's the trailer from its world premiere at SXSW earlier this year. Be warned, the language is NSFW: