Image takes U.S. rights on Diablo Cody debut

Mandate pic stars Julianne Hough, Russell Brand and Octavia Spencer

Image Entertainment is buying a ticket to Diablo Cody’s “Paradise,” picking up all U.S. rights to the Mandate Pictures’ comedy starring Julianne Hough, Russell Brand, Olivia Spencer, Nick Offerman and Holly Hunter.

“Paradise” marks Cody’s directorial debut. Image made the announcement Friday at Berlin, where Lionsgate is handling international sales.

Hough portrays a sheltered young woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and decides to go to Las Vegas to experience the wild side of life.

Mason Novick (“500 Days of Summer”) produced. Nathan Kahane, Nicole Brown and Cody exec produced and Matt Leonetti Jr. and Dave Koplan co-produced.

The deal was negotiated by Bill Bromiley, Mark Ward and Michael Bayer for Image and Liesl Copland of WME Global along with Dan Freedman on behalf of Mandate Pictures. International sales are being handled by Lionsgate.

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