Joan Jett Documentary “Bad Reputation” Acquired By Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the Joan Jett documentary “Bad Reputation”.

The film, which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival and will receive a wide release later this year.

Directed by Kevin Kerslake and written by Joel Marcus, “Bad Reputation” is described as “a look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of The Runaways  and first meeting with [manager/producer] Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.”

“Joan Jett has a pure rock and roll heart and her influence, both musically and as a role model to a generation, has been profound,” Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “Kevin’s film beautifully realizes her journey.”

Kerslake added: “It’s so rewarding to have a film about an independent spirit like Joan Jett to be picked up by Magnolia, which has such a remarkable history of releasing challenging films and supporting independent efforts.”