Sundance: Lionsgate/Roadside Acquires 'The Skeleton Twins'


PARK CITY -- The Skeleton Twins, starring SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, has been acquired by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group also has acquired all territories outside of the U.S.

The film premiered in Sundance's U.S. Dramatic Competition at Library Center Theatre on Jan. 18.

The second feature film from director Craig Johnson -- after his True Adolescents, starring Mark Duplass and Melissa Leo, which premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival -- follows two estranged siblings after a crisis forces them to come back to their small town home together.

Lionsgate and Roadside are planning a theatrical release for the film in late summer 2014.

Johnson co-wrote the film with with writer Mark Heyman, and it co-stars Luke Wilson, Modern Family's Ty Burrell, Boyd Holbrook and Joanna Gleason.

A Duplass Brothers and Venture Forth Production, Skeleton Twins is produced by Stephanie Langhoff, Jennifer Lee and Jacob Pechenik and executive produced by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass and Jared Ian Goldman. Venture Forth fully financed the film.

"Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig give brilliant, breakout performances as a live wire but also out-of-control brother and sister who have to reconnect, and we fell in love with Craig Johnson's amazingly assured film," Roadside co-president Howard Cohen said.

The deals were negotiated by Lionsgate's Jason Constantine, Eda Kowan and Wendy Jaffe, Roadside's Cohen and SPWA’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz and Jon Freedberg.

ICM and UTA repped the film.

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