Roadside Attractions and Vertical Entertainment acquires Aubrey Plaza Thriller Emily the Criminal”
Roadside Attractions won the bidding war and Vertical Entertainment picked up the North American rights to the Aubrey Plaza-starring thriller “Emily the Criminal,” according to an insider with knowledge of the deal.
The film screened at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival. It will hit theaters soon. Redbox joined the partnership in home entertainment distribution, a rare move.
John Patton Ford directed and wrote the film as his feature debut. Plaza starred alongside Tyler Davidson in the title role. Drew Syke produced the film. Plaza stars alongside Theo Rossi, Megalyn Echikunwoke and Gina Gershon.
“Emily the criminal” Emily (Plaza), a student in debt, is excluded from the job market because of her minor criminal record. Desperate for income, she turns to clandestine work to make ends meet. “dummy buyer”, Youcef (Rossi), a charming and charismatic intermediary, provided stolen credit cards which were used to buy goods. Emily finds herself in a series of job interviews that don’t meet her requirements. Soon, she is seduced by both the cash of black market capitalism and the illicit thrills. She is also more interested in Youcef, her mentor. Together, they hatch a plan to take their business to the next level in Los Angeles.
Peter Jarowey negotiated the deal on behalf of Vertical Entertainment, Angel An negotiated the deal on behalf of Roadside Attractions, Marc Danon negotiated on behalf of home entertainment rights for Redbox Entertainment and CAA Media Finance, Verve Ventures and ICM Partners brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
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