Shingle plans spring bow for Brit comedy

Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to director Ben Palmer’s teen comedy “The Inbetweeners” and plans a spring theatrical release.

Deal was announced Thursday.

“The Inbetweeners,” financed by U.K.’s Channel 4 Television through its Film4 and 4DVD divisions, has grossed nearly $70 million at the British box office since it opened in August and more than $10 million in Australia/New Zealand.

Pic was penned by Iain Morris and Damon Beesley and is based on the British TV series of the same name, centered on four loser friends navigating their way through life armed only with their hormones.

Pic stars James Buckley, Blake Harrison, and Joe Thomas, with Christopher Young producing. Shane Allen, head of comedy at Channel 4, exec-produced the picture with Beesley and Morris.

Deal was negotiated by Chris Ball and Rene Cogan for Wrekin Hill with Stuart Ford and Jonathan Deckter of IM Global on behalf of Channel Four and the filmmakers.

Wrekin Hill released “The Way Back” and “Hesher” last year. It will launch Zhang Weiping’s “The Flowers of War” on Jan. 20 in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and 10 other cities.

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