Jim Gaffigan sci-fi comedy Linoleum gets distribution deal after successful SXSW premiere

Shout! Studios, the distribution and production arm of Shout! Factory, has nabbed North American rights to the sci-fi comedy-drama Linoleum. The announcement comes on the heels of the film’s successful world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival and its Sloan Science on Screen Award win at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Written and directed by Colin West (Double Walker), Jim Gaffigan (Grammy-nominated stand-up comedian, The Jim Gaffigan Show, upcoming Peter Pan & Wendy) and Rhea Seehorn (Better Call Saul, Veep) lead an ensemble cast that includes Katelyn Nacon (The Walking Dead, T@gged), Gabriel Rush (Moonrise Kingdom, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Amy Hargreaves (Homeland, 13 Reasons Why), Roger Hendricks Simon (Love in Kilnerry, The Sublet), Elizabeth Henry (The Sisterhood of Night, Behind the Mirror), West Duchovny (A Mouthful of Air, The Report), Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer, The State), and Tony Shalhoub (Monk, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). Linoleum is produced by Dennis Masel and executive produced by Gabrielle Nadig of Storm City Films, produced by Chad Simpson of Brain Scratch Productions, and Chadd Harbold.

Linoleum centers on Cameron Edwin (Jim Gaffigan), the host of a failing children’s science TV show called Above & Beyond, has always had aspirations of being an astronaut. After a mysterious space-race era satellite coincidentally falls from space and lands in his backyard, his midlife crisis manifests in a plan to rebuild the machine into his dream rocket. As his relationship with his wife (Rhea Seehorn) and daughter (Katelyn Nacon) start to strain, surreal events begin unfolding around him – a doppelgänger moving into the house next door, a car falling from the sky, and an unusual teenage boy forging a friendship with him. He slowly starts to piece these events together to ultimately reveal that there’s more to his life story than he once thought.