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Lionsgate, Roadside team on ‘Friends’

Jennifer Westfeldt's ensemble comedy stars Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have acquired U.S. rights to Jennifer Westfeldt’s ensemble comedy “Friends With Kids,” a week after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.

Deal, the first TIFF sale to Lionsgate, closed Sunday. Roadside Attractions will release “Friends with Kids” theatrically in the spring.

Friends With Kids,” shot in New York early this year, stars Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Adam Scott, Megan Fox, Kristen Wiig, Edward Burns, Maya Rudolph and Chris O’Dowd.

Written and directed by Westfeldt (“Kissing Jessica Stein”), pic centers on a group of friends whose lives are changed as the couples in the group begin to have children. Westfeldt and Scott portray best friends who launch a romance while attempting to avoid the expectations of a married relationship.

Friends” is produced by Westfeldt and Hamm’s Points West Pictures and Riza Aziz and Joey McFarland’s Red Granite Pictures. Pic is the first for both production companies.

Producers are Westfeldt, Hamm, Joshua Astrachan, John Kasdan, McFarland and Aziz. Exec producers are Mike Nichols, John Sloss, Lucy Barzun Donnelly and Joe Gatta, with Kathryn Dean co-producing.

Cinetic Media handled U.S. rights and Red Granite is handling international sales.

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