A24 Buys Sean Baker’s Porn Star Comedy ‘Red Rocket’

Rebecca Rubin
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A24 will distribute Sean Baker’s next film “Red Rocket,” a comedic drama about a washed up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown.

“Red Rocket” marks Baker’s first feature since “The Florida Project,” an acclaimed coming-of-age story that was also backed by A24. Though it’s unclear when “Red Rocket” will be released, Baker says the film is expected to debut in theaters.

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“I am very excited to be reuniting with the wonderful team at A24 who will once again be bringing my film to U.S. audiences,” Baker said in a statement. “As a champion of the theatrical experience, I am thrilled A24 will give my film a theatrical release with their talent for bold marketing and distribution savvy. My gratitude goes out to FilmNation and the ‘Red Rocket’ cast and crew for helping me bring the film to fruition.”

The film, which stars Simon Rex, is currently in post production. In addition to directing, Baker wrote the film with his frequent collaborator Chris Bergoch. Together, Baker and Bergoch have co-written “Tangerine,” “The Florida Project” and “Starlet.” Baker’s other credits include “Prince of Broadway” and “Take Out.”

The cast also includes newcomers Bree Elrod and Suzanna Son. Producers are Baker, Alex Coco, Samantha Quan, Alex Saks and Shih-Ching Tsou. Jackie Shenoo served as an executive producer on the film.

A24 acquired U.S. rights to “Red Rocket,” while FilmNation Entertainment has retained global rights.

“Sean is making another bold, original film and I am thrilled that it found a home in the U.S. with A24,” said Glen Basner, CEO of FilmNation Entertainment.

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