February 4, 2008 / 8:06 AM / in 10 years

Magnolia puts "Mike" in its Easter basket

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to the Slamdance Film Festival comedy “Hank and Mike” featuring Chris Klein and Joe Mantegna.

<p>Chris Klein arrives to attend the premiere of "Day Zero" during the Tribeca Film Festival in New York April 29, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

Screenwriters Thomas Michael and Paolo Mancini star as the title characters, a pair of foul-mouthed Easter Bunnies who are laid off by a conglomerate run by Mr. Pan (Mantegna) on the recommendation of an efficiency expert (Klein). The pink pair head into a downward spiral of drinking, depression and demeaning part-time jobs.

Matthiew Klinck directed the feature based on his 2000 short film.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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