By Ray Pride Pride@moviecitynews.com

A24 Acquires Sundance breakout THE SPECTACULAR NOW

Park City, UT (January 21, 2013) – A24 announced the acquisition of North American rights to Sundance favorite THE SPECTACULAR NOW.  The James Ponsoldt directed film, from a script by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, has become one of the darlings of the Sundance Film Festival and features breakout performances by Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley. Film also features wonderful turns by Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kyle Chandler and Andre Royo. Film premiered on Friday night at Sundance in US Dramatic Competition. A24 will release the film this summer.

“We fell in love with this film the minute that we watched it and we know the rest of the country will embrace this timeless love story. James has directed a wonderful film that depicts young love with complete authenticity and has two young stars giving incredible performances with Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.” says A24.

Producer Andrew Lauren says, “I am so thrilled that the film has found a home with a company that has such passion for it.  It’s been an amazing Sundance and we are so gratified by the incredibly warm response here.”

THE SPECTACULAR NOW was produced by Tom McNulty, Shawn Levy, Andrew Lauren, and Michelle Krumm.

The deal was negotiated with A24 by UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. James Ponsoldt is also represented by UTA.

FILM SYNOPSIS:

This adaptation of Tim Tharp’s novel The Spectacular Now captures the insecurity and confusion of adolescence without looking for tidy truths. Young actors rarely portray teens with the maturity that Teller and Woodley display, and they are phenomenal together.  THE SPECTACULAR NOW is a funny, compassionate and poignant love story written by (500) DAYS OF SUMMER scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, directed by James Ponsoldt (SMASHED) and produced by Tom McNulty, Shawn Levy, Andrew Lauren and Michelle Krumm.

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ABOUT A24

Launched in the summer of 2012 is a New York-based media company focused on the distribution, financing and production of feature films. The company will distribute, in all media, eight to ten films per year; its initial titles include Roman Coppola’s star-studded comedy A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III, starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, and Sally Potter’s critically acclaimed GINGER & ROSA starring Elle Fanning, Annette Bening, Alessandro Nivola and Christina Hendricks. The film is also releasing Harmony Korine’s highly-buzzed about SPRING BREAKERS starring Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, Rachel Korine, and James Franco. They also just announced the pick-up of Sofia Coppola’s latest THE BLING RING.

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