A newly recapitalized Atlantic Entertainment Group has agreed to distribute the controversial film "Wired" this summer to 600-800 American theaters.
(The announcement was made late Wednesday and was included in some editions of Thursday's Calendar.)
The agreement came four weeks after plans to distribute "Wired" were dropped by New Visions Pictures, allegedly because of pressure from Creative Artists Agency. Both CAA and New Visions officials denied these reports.
Atlantic President Jonathan Dana said the company plans a major release of the controversial film chronicling the life and 1982 drug overdose death of actor John Belushi. Distributors are already in place in many overseas markets, said "Wired" co-producer Edward S. Feldman.
Dana called "Wired" "a highly responsible work of art and a commercially viable motion picture." He said he felt no specific pressure not to release the film, but added, "I have heard people around town vaguely saying that you shouldn't do this, that it's too risky."
Atlantic, which has distributed such films as "A World Apart" and "Stormy Monday," will include "Wired" among its 10- to 12-picture slate this year.