Tribeca Film Takes ‘Palo Alto,’ Gia Coppola’s Film Based on James Franco Stories

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A spring 2014 theatrical release is planned for the pic that stars Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Franco

New York-based distributor Tribeca Film has picked up North American distribution rights to “Palo Alto,” the Gia Coppola film based on James Franco’s book of intertwined short stories, targeting a theatrical release for spring 2014.

In a switchup from the more multi-platform strategies usually favored by Tribeca Film — often with theatrical and digital/VOD releases happening simultaneously — the “Palo Alto” distribution calendar will have more traditional windows, starting with a theatrical run that will be followed later by digital and VOD.

The first film by Coppola, the granddaughter Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sophia Coppola, “Palo Alto” has had festival runs in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Emma Roberts, Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer star.

Drawn from Franco’s 2010 collection of short stories, the film follows a trio of storylines: One about a young woman (Roberts) caught between flirting with her soccer coach (Franco) and a relationship with a teen stoner (Jack Kilmer); another about a sexually promiscuous young woman (Levin); and a third about the stoner and his possibly dangerous best friend (Wolff).

Distribution deal was pacted by Tribeca Film’s Nick Savva with Barry Hirsch and George Hayum of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman, repping the filmmakers.

The traditional release sked, an unusual move for Tribeca, seemingly indicates confidence that the Hollywood names involved in the project as well as the edgy, young-skewing subject matter could prove strong enough to attract significant cinemagoer attention.

“Palo Alto” joins a Tribeca Film lineup that also includes “The Broken Circle Breakdown,” “Some Velvet Morning” and “The Truth About Emanuel.” Exact release date has yet to be set.

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