Lionsgate Acquires Ray Romano’s Dramedy “Somewhere in Queens”
The comedy picture written and directed by Ray Romano, “Somewhere in Queens,” has been acquired by Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions.
Somewhere in Queens had its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and both reviewers and viewers have given it rave reviews. The movie will now be seen in theatres sometime in 2023 thanks to specializing theatrical distributor Roadside Attractions.
Somewhere in Queens, which Ray Romano wrote, directed, and starred in, also stars Laurie Metcalf, who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress, Tony Lo Bianco, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jennifer Esposito, Jacob Ward, Sadie Stanley, Dierdre Friel, and Jon Manfrellotti.
In Queens, New York, Leo Russo (Romano) leads a straightforward existence with his wife Angela (Laurie Metcalf), their quiet but gifted son Sticks (Jacob Ward), and a close-knit group of Italian-American families and neighbors.
Leo lives each week for Sticks high-school basketball games, never missing a chance to support his only child as he rules the court as a star athlete, according to the movie synopsis. “Happy enough working at the family construction business alongside his father (Tony Lo Bianco) and younger brother (Sebastian Maniscalco), Leo is also happy to work at the construction company with his father.
Leo seizes the chance to provide the high school senior with a plan for his future, away from the family construction business, when he receives the unexpected and life-changing opportunity to play basketball in college. Leo, though, goes above and above to keep his son on this new course when an unforeseen heartbreak threatens to derail Sticks.
The new release date for the Tom Hanks-starring comedy “A Man Called Otto” I am so pleased to hear that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will be releasing this movie to theatres all around the world, Romano said in a statement on the acquisition. As a director, co-writer, actor, and producer, I spent years living with every aspect of this project. It’s such a very personal tale for me, so it’s encouraging to see these two businesses take action because they share my enthusiasm for the film.