By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Palisadian Adam Brody can be seen reminiscing about a fan-favorite rental store in the upcoming documentary “The Last Blockbuster.”
“The fun, nostalgic documentary follows the manager of the last Blockbuster as she struggles to keep the store open and reveals why Blockbuster corporate really went out of business,” according to a film synopsis from Amazon Prime Video.
With 1091 Pictures holding worldwide digital and broadcast rights, the film follows the story of Sandi Harding, who has worked at the now-last-standing Blockbuster—located in Bend, Oregon—since 2004.
“The Last Blockbuster” will touch on how the Bend location has outlasted the chain’s bankruptcy, as well as the rise of Netflix, according to a report by Variety.
In addition to Brody (“The O.C., “Jennifer’s Body”), other actors who will share their own two cents about Blockbuster will include Kevin Smith, Jamie Kennedy and Lauren Lapkus.
The film is directed by Taylor Morden, and written and produced by Zeke Kamm.
“‘The Last Blockbuster’ brings the world together over our shared memory of Friday night pizza and renting movies,” Kamm and Morden said in a joint statement. “For us the perfect next step was getting together with 1091 Pictures to release it just in time for the holidays.”
Kamm, with more than two decades of experience in film and television writing, has worked on “The Powerpuff Girls” and “The Weird Al Show.” Morden’s works include “Here’s to Life: The Story of The Refreshments” and “Pick It Up! – Ska in the ’90s.”
“This movie was a total trip down memory lane,” one early reviewer writes. “I remember spending so many nights browsing the aisles at Blockbuster looking for movies.”
Brody recently became a Palisadian when he and his wife, fellow actor Leighton Meester, purchased a family home in town in December of last year. They also reportedly still co-own a $2.4 million property located between Malibu and Woodland Hills.
“I kind of get the impression it was this way everywhere but I don’t know if it was, but I could rent all the rated R movies,” Brody said in a clip from the movie shared by Coming Soon ahead of its release. “So I would just rent ‘Friday the 13th,’ one through seven.”
With an run time of 84 minutes, “The Last Blockbuster” will be available for rent or purchase beginning December 15.
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