Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired U.S. rights to Jesse Peretz’s romantic comedy JULIET, NAKED from Los Angeles Media Fund, it was announced Friday. The film stars Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd, and will be released this summer.
Based on the bestselling novel by Nick Hornby, Juliet, Naked is a comic account of life’s second chances. Byrne stars as Annie, a woman who’s stuck in a long-term relationship with Duncan (O’Dowd), a huge fan of obscure rock musician Tucker Crowe (Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
Bona Fide Productions principals Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa produced the film with Barry Mendel and Judd Apatow, as well as Los Angeles Media Fund’s Jeffrey Soros. The film was executive produced by LAMF’s Simon Horsman as well as Thorsten Schumacher, Patrick Murray and Hornby, whose book was adapted by Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Evgenia Peretz. Rocket Science is handling international sales.
“Juliet, Naked was one of the true buzz titles at Sundance this year, driven by a wonderful, romantic, rock and roll sensibility, and enormously winning performances by Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd,” Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff said in a joint statement.. “Jesse Peretz delivered an indie-spirited home run that’s also broadly commercial and crowd-pleasing. It’s the perfect fun and heartwarming comedy for us to program on our slate this summer.”
“We’re delighted to be teaming with Howard and Eric in bringing this fun and funny Sundance favorite to theaters,” said Lionsgate’s Jason Constantine. “The filmmakers and the cast are incredibly talented and give justice to the comedy and originality of Nick’s novel. We look forward to seeing audiences rock out to the film when it hits screens this year.”
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Constantine, Eda Kowan, John Biondo and Elizabeth Hopkins, while Cohen negotiated the deal on behalf of Roadside Attractions. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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