Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, an early favorite at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, has been picked up by Fox Searchlight for theatrical distribution. The coming of age tale is based on Jesse Andrews’ book which he adapted for the screen. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, the cast is led by Thomas Mann, Olivia Cook, and R.J. Cyler, and features Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal and Connie Britton.
“For a film that was such a personal labor of love, I am delighted to find partners who have embraced the film which such enthusiasm,” said director Gomez-Rejon.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of this film – the movie completely floored us and stole our hearts. The response at the festival has been extraordinary. The performances are honest and relatable and the film is smart, funny and original,” stated Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula, announcing the acquisition.
Fox Searchlight is aiming for a 2015 theatrical release.
In Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Thomas Mann plays Greg Gaines, an awkward high school senior whose mom forces him to spend time with Rachel – a girl in his class (Cooke) whom he hasn’t spoken to since kindergarten – who was just diagnosed with cancer.
-By Rebecca Murray
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