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

Exclusive: Vertical Amusement has obtained North American rights to Hans Canosa’s movie, The Storied Everyday living of A.J. Fikry, from international product sales agent Mister Smith Enjoyment. At present in put up-production, the film is slated for launch in theaters this tumble.

The dramedy is centered on Gabrielle Zevin’s bestseller of the identical identify, which has offered above 5 million copies around the world. It tells the story of bookstore proprietor A.J. Fikry (Kunal Nayyar), who is having difficulties to navigate a lifetime that is significantly from what he expected it to be, as he is emotion still left powering by a quickly evolving earth. Right after his wife’s death in a tragic accident, Fikry’s retail outlet hits a fiscal lower place, with gross sales at abysmal degrees. Driven to consuming his sorrows absent, Fikry hits rock base 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 dropped and his chances for starting off anew are greater than he ever imagined. Lucy Hale (The Hating Match), Christina Hendricks (Fantastic Girls), Scott Foley (Scandal) and David Arquette (Scream franchise) also star.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry marks the latest collaboration concerning Vertical and TPC, as portion of their continuing output lending venture. Zevin tailored the screenplay for the film and generated alongside Canosa, Claude Dal Farra (The Hating Activity), Brian Keady and Kelsey Regulation. Nayyar, Hale, Hendricks and Brice Dal Farra exec developed along with Vertical’s Peter Jarowey, Abundant Goldberg, Mitch Budin, and TPC’s David Gendron, as properly as Ali Jazayeri, Viviana Zarragoitia and John Bails. Ivy Chu and Vertical’s Kristin Harris served as affiliate producers, with Arlie Day and Mike Site as co-producers.

“We are thrilled to be performing with Hans and Gabrielle on this wonderful adaptation of her bestselling novel,” claimed Claude Del Farra. “The performances are superb, and we are thrilled for the earth to uncover the film.”

“We not long ago labored with Lucy, Claude, and Mister Smith Enjoyment on The Hating Video game and search forward to setting up on that fantastic success with The Storied Lifestyle of A.J. Fikry,” explained Vertical Entertainment Partner, Peter Jarowey. “We are self-assured that Claude and the output staff will provide an fantastic film audiences will embrace when they practical experience it this drop.”

“We are delighted be performing on this —our third film—with Vertical,” added Mister Smith Entertainment’s CEO, David Garrett. “They have tested on their own to be good associates.”

Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor, which was established in 2012. Other forthcoming releases from the organization 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, Frequent, Gaius Charles and Jonny Lee Miller. Jarowey negotiated the offer for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry on behalf of Vertical Leisure, with Mister Smith Entertainment’s Garrett on behalf of the filmmakers.