Based on the documentary The Man Who Would Be Polka King from Joshua Brown and John Mikulak, The Polka King stars Jack Black, Jenny Slate, Jacki Weaver, and Jason Schwartzman and first debuted at Sundance. The film tells the true story of Jan Lewan (Black), a polka entertainer who was nominated for a Grammy before landing in jail from a Ponzi scheme.
In his review for The Tracking Board, Dino-Ray Ramos wrote about the film: “The true story of the rise and fall of Lewan is quite tragic, but Jack Black drapes it in so much charismatic Polka charm that you hardly even notice. … That said, Forbes and Wolodarsky did something clever and ambitious: they managed to make a lighthearted comedy about a man who could possibly be a deranged lunatic that betrayed innocent people. A story that is hitting too close to home considering our current political climate.”
The film is repped by ICM and WME and will be released later this year.
Next, writer-director Gilroy is reuniting with his Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo on a new drama set in the art world. The Tracking Board has been tracking the project since last week when it first hit the market.
The film is Gilroy’s third feature film, following the aforementioned Nightcrawler and the upcoming legal drama Inner City starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. The film marks Gyllenhaal’s second original Netflix film — his first, Okja, hits the site at the end of the month.
The untitled project will also receive a limited, qualifying theatrical release when it is released. The deal was brokered by CAA.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor