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Jerrod Carmichael’s directorial debut On the Count of Three has gone to Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures for North America.
Carmichael and Christopher Abbott star as two best friends as they try to carry out a pact to end their lives before the day ends.
Tiffany Haddish, J.B. Smoove, Lavell Crawford and Henry Winkler also star in the movie that was written by Ramy writers Ari Katcher and Ryan Welch.
David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Tom Werner, Jake Densen, Ari Katcher, and Jimmy Price produced the U.S. dramatic competition title.
This marks the first major festival acquisition for Ellison’s Annapurna since the banner avoided bankruptcy in August 2019 after restructuring its debt. At last year’s Sundance Film Festival the Annapurna produced Kajillionaire from Miranda July was picked up by Focus Features after the company decided not to distribute the movie.
“Megan’s commercial vision for daring independent films is unparalleled and we couldn’t feel luckier to find a home with her,” said Paulsen of Valparaiso Pictures. “I was fortunate enough early in my career to witness first-hand how she championed Spring Breakers in a way no one else saw, and most recently on Sorry to Bother You and countless others.”
UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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