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Kunal Nayyar’s ‘The Storied Lifestyle Of A.J. Fikry’ Acquired By Vertical – Deadline

Exceptional: Vertical Enjoyment has acquired North American legal rights to Hans Canosa’s film, The Storied Existence of A.J. Fikry, from international sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment. At present in put up-output, the movie is slated for launch in theaters this drop.

The dramedy is based mostly on Gabrielle Zevin’s bestseller of the very same title, which has marketed in excess of 5 million copies around the globe. It tells the story of bookstore owner A.J. Fikry (Kunal Nayyar), who is struggling to navigate a lifetime that is much from what he predicted it to be, as he is emotion left behind by a quickly evolving earth. Immediately after his wife’s dying in a tragic incident, Fikry’s store hits a economic small place, with income at abysmal stages. Driven to consuming his sorrows away, Fikry hits rock bottom when his most prized possession, a collection of Edgar Allen Poe poems, are stolen. But when a mysterious offer arrives, Fikry discovers not all is misplaced and his probabilities for starting anew are higher than he ever imagined. Lucy Hale (The Hating Video game), Christina Hendricks (Superior Ladies), Scott Foley (Scandal) and David Arquette (Scream franchise) also star.

The Storied Lifetime of A.J. Fikry marks the newest collaboration concerning Vertical and TPC, as portion of their continuing manufacturing lending venture. Zevin tailored the screenplay for the movie and developed alongside Canosa, Claude Dal Farra (The Hating Activity), Brian Keady and Kelsey Regulation. Nayyar, Hale, Hendricks and Brice Dal Farra exec produced alongside Vertical’s Peter Jarowey, Prosperous Goldberg, Mitch Budin, and TPC’s David Gendron, as effectively as Ali Jazayeri, Viviana Zarragoitia and John Bails. Ivy Chu and Vertical’s Kristin Harris served as associate producers, with Arlie Working day and Mike Webpage as co-producers.

“We are thrilled to be working with Hans and Gabrielle on this great adaptation of her bestselling novel,” mentioned Claude Del Farra. “The performances are excellent, and we are psyched for the earth to find the film.”

“We lately worked with Lucy, Claude, and Mister Smith Leisure on The Hating Video game and appear forward to setting up on that good achievements with The Storied Existence of A.J. Fikry,” stated Vertical Amusement Associate, Peter Jarowey. “We are confident that Claude and the generation team will produce an exceptional movie audiences will embrace when they expertise it this drop.”

“We are delighted be doing the job on this —our third film—with Vertical,” added Mister Smith Entertainment’s CEO, David Garrett. “They have established on their own to be terrific associates.”

Vertical Leisure is a global independent distributor, which was launched in 2012. Other approaching releases from the corporation include Eli Horowitz SXSW 2022 thriller The Cow, starring Winona Ryder and John Gallagher Jr. John Patton Ford’s Sundance 2022 pic Emily the Felony, starring Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi and Krystin Ver Linden’s Sundance drama Alice, starring Keke Palmer, Common, Gaius Charles and Jonny Lee Miller. Jarowey negotiated the offer for The Storied Lifestyle of A.J. Fikry on behalf of Vertical Leisure, with Mister Smith Entertainment’s Garrett on behalf of the filmmakers.