The seven-figure deal is part of A24’s alliance with DirecTV, under which the satcaster will be able to show the film prior to its theatrical release.
Based on the 2009 Stephen Elliott memoir of the same name, the film also stars Ed Harris, Amber Heard, Cynthia Nixon and Christian Slater. Franco plays Elliott, who begins following the story of a man standing trial for the murder of his wife and decides to write a book about it. He also becomes romantically involved with a reporter covering the trial.
Pamela Romanowsky directed. The film is co-produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions’ Franco and Vince Jolivette, and Windowseat Films producers Jim Reach and Joseph McKelheer.
WME Global and CAA handled the sale.
The acquisition was first reported by Deadline.com.