BRIGSBY BEAR starring Claire Danes and Greg Kinnear, and the feature film debut of Dave McCary, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for Summer release. The highly anticipated film, written by Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section.
Starring Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Matt Walsh and Michaela Watkins, BRIGSBY BEAR was produced by The Lonely Island (POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING), Lord Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE, 21 JUMP STREET, 22 JUMP STREET), 3311 Productions (IN A WORLD…, the upcoming TABLE 19), along with YL Pictures.
BRIGSBY BEAR is a children’s TV show produced for an audience of one, James (Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James’ life changes forever and he sets out to finish the story himself.
“This is a special film made by old and new friends, but today we’re excited to announce that Sony Pictures Classics have become our actual best friends. All of our old best friends have been demoted to regular friends. They are fine, but they never bought movies from us like our new best friends do (sorry Tyler and Adam). To our best friends at SPC, thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and connection to this story. We can’t wait to share it with the world,” said Director McCary and Writers Costello and Mooney.
After 25 years of secluded existence with his protective parents in their isolated, off-the-grid home, James is tossed out into a new life in relatively daunting Cedar Hills, Utah. As his world upends, the most shocking revelation to James is that he’s the only person who has ever watched his favorite television program, Brigsby Bear Adventures. Struggling to adjust to the show’s abrupt end, he begins to see Brigsby’s lessons as his only way to make sense of a big, scary new world, and James decides to make a movie to end Brigsby’s story—and re-begin his own.
Kyle Mooney (who also co-wrote the film with Kevin Costello) portrays imaginative man-boy James with infectious earnestness, imbuing warmth and humor into James’s efforts to make friends and integrate into his new reality. First-time director Dave McCary balances off-beat comedy with a unique ode to the joys of filmmaking, featuring standout supporting performances by Greg Kinnear—as a friendly detective bitten by the acting bug—and Saturday Night Live alums Andy Samberg and Michaela Watkins.