ABC News’ Sheila Marikar (@SheilaYM) reports:
Sarah Palin’s documentary is coming soon to a theater near you.
ARC Entertainment, the publicity firm behind “The Undefeated,” announced today that the film that chronicles Palin’s curtailed term as governor of Alaska, will open in AMC theaters across the country on July 15. Cities and regions featuring “The Undefeated” include Dallas, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Atlanta, Orange County, Calif., Phoenix, Houston, Indianapolis and Kansas City.
In a statement released by ARC, a co-founder of the production company behind the film compared “The Undefeated” to the “Rocky” movies, with Palin filling in for the fist-swinging Sylvester Stallone.
“We are thrilled that AMC will give ‘The Undefeated’ a national theatrical release this summer,” said Victory Film Group co-founder Glenn Bracken Evans. “The documentary is made to be seen on a big screen. With its story of a small-town girl who, against all odds, rises to the pinnacles of American government, the film plays with all the drama of a ‘Rocky’ picture, only with a woman as the central figure and with politics instead of boxing.”
Select media organizations, including ABC News, have screened the two-hour-long film. In addition to chronicling Palin’s growing up and governorship, it features soundbites from her critics and gruesome video, including war footage and a scene in which a pack of lions hunts down and devours a zebra. Filmmaker Stephen Bannon called it an “amazing American story of American grit.” He told reporters he aims to “drive a stake in the heart of Caribou Barbie,” and portray Palin as equally smart and savvy as the best politicians.
“The Undefeated” will face tough competition opening July 15 — it’s the same day that “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II” comes out. But AMC, which operates 24 of the 50 highest-grossing theatres in the country, stands behind their gamble.
“AMC is committed to providing distinct content to diverse audiences across the United States,” Nikkole Denson-Randolph, AMC’s vice president of specialty and alternative content, said in ARC’s press release. “We are proud to consistently offer a wide variety of product to our guests.”
“The Undefeated” may undergo major edits before it hits theaters. Politico.com reported Thursday that the film’s more graphic scenes — including profanity and violence — will likely be removed to make the final cut PG-13.