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Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have picked up U.S. rights to the Sundance comedy Juliet, Naked, starring Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd.
The Jesse Peretz-directed feature, which also stars Ethan Hawke, follows Annie (Byrne), who is 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 Crowe’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.
Tamara Jenkins, Jim Taylor and Evgenia Peretz adapted the screenplay from Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel of the same name.
Judd Apatow produced the feature, along with Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Barry Mendel and Jeffrey Soros. Simon Horsman, Hornby, Thorsten Schumacher and Patrick Murray executive produced.
Lionsgate and Roadside, which are looking at a summer release for Juliet, Naked, picked up the rights from the Los Angeles Media Fund. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Rocket Science is handling international sales.
Late last month, Lionsgate picked up worldwide rights to another Sundance title, the comedy Blindspotting from Hamilton star Daveed Diggs.