In 2006 the film All the Boys Love Mandy Lane generated some buzz in the midnight program at Toronto. The director, Jonathan Levine, went on to make films such as The Wackness, 50/50, and Warm Bodies, and star Amber Heard made her way into other genre fare including Zombieland and Drive Angry, as well as films such as The Rum Diary.

Harvey Weinstein lined up to buy All the Boys Love Mandy Lane at TIFF, and his Dimension label walked away with the distribution rights. But the failure of Grindhouse cooled Weinstein’s interest in the movie, and it was sold to Senator, which proceeded to do nothing with the film. For seven years it has collected dust on a shelf.

Now, ironically, Radius-TWC, the digital arm of The Weinstein Company. has picked up the Mandy Lane rights, and the film will finally be released this year.

Here’s the synopsis:

Starring Amber Heard and Anson Mount, ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY is about a group of high-schoolers who invite Mandy Lane, “a good girl” who becomes the object of everyone’s affection after returning from summer break, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to mysteriously drop one at a time.

I saw Mandy Lane at its TIFF premiere all those years ago, and while I think the story of its unavailability has elevated its reputation beyond what the film actually achieves, the fact is that the picture is an effective little thriller that is worth seeing. I’m glad to see that people will finally get the chance to take a look.

Radius will release the film late this summer. While you wait, here’s an international trailer that was released for the film quite some time ago, via The Playlist:

Jonathan Levine said in a press release,

I am thrilled that MANDY LANE has been rescued and is back where it belongs with Harvey and Bob.  Hard to believe it’s been seven years, but then again I’ve always perceived myself as a misunderstood artist who was light years ahead of his time, so I am thrilled the world has finally caught up. Seriously, I am incredibly proud of the film and of the hard work that my cast and collaborators put into it, and I am so happy the world will finally get a chance to see it.

Exec producer Keith Calder says,

It’s finally time for me to come clean… During the production of MANDY LANE, I broke a mirror and doomed the film to seven years of bad luck. Thankfully, the team at RADiUS-TWC has shown up to rescue our film and clear my guilty conscience. I’m ecstatic that our first film with RADiUS-TWC is also the first film we produced, and I’m looking forward to working with Harvey, Bob, Jason, and Tom on the release.

This is the new poster:

 

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