MPI nabs 18-year-old helmer’s pic

'My Sucky Teen Romance' is director Emily Hagins' first distrib deal

MPI Media Group has acquired all North American rights to vampire comedy “My Sucky Teen Romance,” the third feature from 18 year-old writer-director Emily Hagins — and her first to secure a theatrical distribution deal.

The small distrib is currently planning a spring theatrical release for the pic, which follows a group of teens whose normal romantic awkwardness becomes compounded when they discover that some of the kids they’ve just met at a sci-fi convention are vampires.

The young cast includes Devin Bonnee (NBC’s “Chase”), Tina Rodriguez (“Inglourious Basterds”) and Lauren Lee (Hagins’ “The Retelling”), as well as newcomers Elaine Hurt and Patrick Delgado.

Hagins, a filmmaker from Austin, Texas made her feature directorial debut at age 12 with the horror pic “Pathogen.”

The distribution deal was negotiated by MPI’s exec VP Greg Newman and Deena Kalai of PLLC.

“The buzz over ‘My Sucky Teen Romance’ started at the SXSW festival, and we feel fortunate to be a part of what is a breakthrough for Emily Hagins,” said Newman.

MPI’s recent original productions include “The House of the Devil,” “Stake Land” and “The Innkeepers.”