Charlie Matthau pic is based on Elmore Leonard novel

Entertainment One has acquired North American rights to director Charlie Matthau’s “Freaky Deaky.”

The company made the announcement Wednesday at Cannes.

Matthau also penned the screenplay, which is based on Elmore Leonard’s 1988 novel of the same name.

The film stars Crispin Glover, Billy Burke, Michael Jai White, Christian Slater, Andy Dick, Breanne Racano and Sabina Gadecki.

Matthau and Judd Rubin produced the project. Exec producers are George Eyde, Louis Eyde, Nathaniel Eyde, Robert Cantrell, Steven Berez, Donald Zuckerman, and Lee Greenberg.

“Freaky Deaky” had its world premiere earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Story is starts on a cop’s first day on the sex crimes unit of the Detroit Police Department in which he falls for the first person to report an assault to him, and is suspended for investigating a rich and powerful man.

Matthau previously directed “The Grass Harp” and is in pre-production on his next feature “The Sugar Shack.”

The deal was negotiated by Sejin Croninger for eOne with Ben Weiss at Paradigm’s Motion Picture Finance Group.

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