Toronto 2012: Kristen Wiig's 'Imogene' Sells to Lionsgate, Roadside

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TORONTO -- Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired U.S. distribution rights to Imogene, the Kristen Wiig comedy that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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Imogene marks the second significant acquisition of the festival and second deal struck Monday by Roadside, which bought Sarah Polley's documentary Stories We Tell in the afternoon. The plan is to release Imogene in 2013.

The comedy, which drew heavy interest because of its star wattage, stars Wiig, Annette Bening and Matt Dillon. Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman directed from a script by Michelle Morgan. Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler produced with Anonymous Content's Alix Madigan. Madigan and Anonymous' Steve Golin, an executive producer on the movie, developed and attached Wiig and the directors before bringing the project to Maven.

In the movie, Wiig plays a screenwriter who fakes her own suicide to get her boyfriend back, but the plan goes awry when she ends up living with her gambling-addicted mother.

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Wiig's stock has risen since her breakout performance in summer 2011's Bridesmaids, igniting interest in Imogene.

UTA's Independent Film Group, which represented U.S. rights, has been busy fielding offers for the film since its premiere in Toronto this weekend.

The deals were negotiated on behalf of Lionsgate by Jason Constantine, president of acquisitions and co-productions, with Wendy Jaffe, executive vp business and legal affairs, and Eda Kowan, senior vp acquisitions.

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