Roadside nabs Lake Bell’s ‘In a World …’

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions to distrib internationally

Roadside Attractions has acquired U.S. rights to Lake Bell’s debut comedy “In a World …,” with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions taking international.

Roadside plans a summer release for the film, which premiered in dramatic competition at Sundance. Bell won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award for the film, her debut as a feature writer and director that centers on the world of movie-trailer voiceover stars.

Bell stars alongside Rob Corddry, Ken Marino, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Michaela Watkins, Nick Offerman, Tig Notaro and Alexandra Holden.

According to Variety’s review: “To call Lake Bell a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition might be selling her short. With ‘In a World … ,’ a rollicking laffer about the cutthroat voiceover biz in Los Angeles, she proves herself a comedy screenwriter to be reckoned with.”

Pic was produced by Eddie Vaisman and Mark Roberts of 3311 Productions alongside Jett Steiger and Bell. Ross Jacobson and Sean O’Grady of 3311 Productions served as executive producers.

The U.S. deal was brokered by Roadside Attractions’ Co-President Howard Cohen and the international deal by SPWA’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz, and Jon Freedberg. UTA Independent Film Group negotiated the deal on behalf of production.

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