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Indie auteur Todd Solondz has long been one of the darlings of the festival circuit. But now he's going to have to win over a new audience: the summer blockbuster crowd.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, IFC Films has acquired the rights to the controversial director's latest effort, 'Life During Wartime,' and is planning to release the film this summer, right smack in the middle of blockbuster season. While the timing is somewhat unusual -- independent films traditionally fare better during the fall and winter months, when studio releases turn to the dramatic side of things -- it may end up being a wise counter-programming move for those film buffs looking for an alternative to the explosions and spectacle of movies such as 'Iron Man 2' and 'Prince of Persia.' Indie auteur Todd Solondz has long been one of the darlings of the festival circuit. But now he's going to have to win over a new audience: the summer blockbuster crowd.

Yes, according to The Hollywood Reporter, IFC Films has acquired the rights to the controversial director's latest effort, 'Life During Wartime,' and is planning to release the film this summer, right smack in the middle of blockbuster season. While the timing is somewhat unusual -- independent films traditionally fare better during the fall and winter months when studio releases turn to the dramatic side of things -- it may end up being a wise counter-programming move for those film buffs looking for an alternative to the explosions and spectacle of movies such as 'Iron Man 2' and 'Prince of Persia.'

That's not to say that Solondz doesn't bring his own kind of spectacle to the table, and 'Life During Wartime' is no exception. Picking up where his 1998 classic 'Happiness' left off, 'Wartime,' which stars stalwarts such as Ciaran Hinds, Allison Janney, Ally Sheedy and Charlotte Rampling, deals with serious issues such as child molestation in a typically pointed way, even slyly bringing Paul Reubens (who, after his Pee-wee Herman days, was once arrested on the charge of possessing child pornography) into the story.

Whether audiences will warm to Solondz's unique style this time around remains to be seen, but if critics have their way, 'Life During Wartime' will become the feel weird hit of the year; the movie, which will be released simultaneously in theaters and on demand, won the Best Screenplay award at the Venice Film Festival this past fall and has been getting strong reviews both for Solondz and his cast.

The exact release date is still to be determined.