Par Classics gets a ‘Kiss’ from Stevens

Live action/animation hybrid to be released next summer

NEW YORK — Paramount Classics has acquired North American distribution rights to the romantic comedy “Just a Kiss,” helmed by actor-producer Fisher Stevens.

Company also snagged rights in the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America and Japan. Pic will be released next summer. Patrick Breen penned the screenplay and stars in the film along with Marisa Tomei, Kyra Sedgwick, Taye Diggs, Ron Eldard, Marley Shelton, Sarita Choudhury and Zoe Caldwell. Matthew Rowland produced, with GreeneStreet Films partners John Penotti and Dolly Parker exec producing.

Film mixes live action and animation.

“We are thrilled to be working with Fisher,” said Paramount Classics co-prexy Ruth Vitale. “The story is a charming fractured fairy tale, a smart romantic comedy that will appeal to just about everyone. We were convinced immediately that ‘Just a Kiss’ was a very exciting film for us.”

Stevens added: “Paramount Classics did an amazing job with my friend Kenneth Lonergan’s ‘You Can Count on Me.’ I really appreciate Ruth’s and David (Dinnerstein’s) sensibilities.”

The thesp-director is repped by Rigberg-Roberts-Rugolo and Innovative Artists. Finance and production shingle GreeneStreet was co-founded by Penotti and Stevens.

Attorney George Sheanshang repped “Just a Kiss” for GreeneStreet; he and GreeneStreet head of business affairs Vicki Cherkas closed the deal with Paramount.

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