Sequel to Del Shores' Smash Cult Hit SORDID LIVES Announced
Award-winning Writer/Director/Producer Del Shores (Southern Baptist Sissies, "Queer As Folk", Blues For Willadean) has announced that his next feature film project will be A Very Sordid Wedding, a sequel to his 2001 gay cult classic film Sordid Lives. Bonnie Bedelia ("Parenthood"), Leslie Jordan ("Will & Grace", "American Horror Story: Coven") and Caroline Rhea ("Sabrina The TEENAGE Witch") are attached to reprise their roles. Shores' Beard Collins Shores Productions has launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to assemble the project and secure investor financing.
The campaign is now live at: http://igg.me/at/averysordidwedding
In 2000, Sordid Lives stormed the film festival circuit winning multiple Best Feature awards, Best Soundtrack, Best Actor and 13 Audience Awards. In 2001, the film opened to mixed reviews, but word-of-mouth drove audiences to the film and it ran for over a year in theaters in Ft. Lauderdale, Provincetown and Dallas and still holds the record for the longest running film in Palm Springs with 96 weeks at the Camelot Theatres.
The film was released on DVD in 2003, selling over 300,000 units worldwide and has just been re-released by Wolfe Video as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack with new cast interviews. The oft-quoted Sordid Lives has become a staple in gay culture at video bars and the now iconic characters are perennial favorites for Halloween costumes.
Sordid Lives (Official Trailer)
Sordid Lives was the film adaptation of Shores' stage play that opened in 1996, which continues to be produced worldwide. Following the film, Shores adapted Sordid Lives as a prequel for television with LOGO in 1996. He wrote, produced and directed all twelve episodes of "Sordid Lives: The Series", starring the majority of the film cast and Rue McClanahan ("The Golden Girls", Mama's Family") as THE FAMILY matriarch.
A Very Sordid Wedding will star many of the original actors from the Sordid Lives film and television series. Returning alongside Bedelia, Jordan and Rhea are Newell Alexander (August: Osage County), David Steen (Django Unchained), Sarah Hunley, Rosemary Alexander, Ann Walker, David Cowgill and Kirk Geiger.
A Very Sordid Wedding picks up sixteen years after the events of the first film. As the original film explored the journey of coming out in a small, conservative Texas town, the sequel dives into the impact of the advancement of same-sex marriage into that same community of now beloved characters.
Shores has said, "Through the years, I have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have shared how much they relate to my Sordid Lives family, and how many gay men and women used it to come out to their conservative families through the humor of the film. I never felt, like much of the Sordid Lives fan base, that I was done with the denizens of Winters, Texas. I'm excited for this next chapter exploring the advancement of equality to finish the story of these characters that so many people have grown to love. The fans have begged and pleaded for it, and we are co-dependent people pleasers. So here we go."
A Very Sordid Wedding - Fundraising Campaign - Sordid Lives Sequel
Shores is producing the film as the second project with his company, Beard Collins Shores Productions with partners producer Emerson Collins and executive producer Louise H. Beard. Their first project, Southern Baptist Sissies, was funded through Indiegogo, played 28 film festivals winning 15 awards including 9 Audience Awards, played theatrically in ten cities and will be released on DVD and digital platforms in November.