A recut version of the film Good Joe Bell is finally ready for release – and the people behind it now have their eye on a potential Oscar run.

Mark Wahlberg’s latest film has reportedly been recut following mixed reviews after its debut at the Toronto Film Festival.

Solstice Studios acquired the movie, originally titled Good Joe Bell, for $20m at the Toronto Film Festival with plans for an awards-season theatrical run. The film features Wahlberg as a blue-collar father who embarks on a walk across America to raise awareness about bullying and homophobia after his gay son commits suicide following bullying in school. The movie is based on a true story.

Mark Gill, president and CEO of Solstice Studios has said that “the version of the film that was screened at Toronto was very promising, and after working with the filmmakers and Mark Wahlberg on a revised cut, we feel it has now reached its full potential. Thanks to a lot of hard work as well as the addition of a new original end title song from legendary songwriter Diane Warren, we believe this film now has newfound power and emotional potency that substantially elevates its very important message. We are grateful to the filmmakers and cast for bringing us the opportunity to carry on the work Joe Bell started”.

The film will mark the second feature release for Solstice who handled the US release of this summer’s Russell Crowe thriller, Unhinged.

With theatrical releases somewhat thin on the ground so far, it’s likely that we’ll see a rush of contenders released between February and the newly-extended deadline of April, if cinemas remain open to facilitate that. Joe Bell, directed by Top Boy‘s Reinaldo Marcus Green, is currently slated for a February release and we’ll keep you posted when we hear more.

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