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Phase 4 snags Derick Martini’s ‘Hick’

Cloe Moretz, Blake Lively road movie preemed at Toronto

Phase 4 Films has acquired all U.S. and Canadian rights to director Derick Martini’s road movie “Hick,” nearly two months after its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Deal was announced Friday during the American Film Market.

The film, based on the novel of the same name by Andrea Portes, stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin. “Hick” was produced by Charles de Portes, Steven Siebert, Christian Taylor and Jon Cornick.

Phase 4 will release the film in the spring.

Moretz stars as a 13-year-old who — tired of fending forherself and her mother’s penchant for hard-drinking men and barroom drama — hits the road on her own, heading west to realize her dream of becoming a superstar. Among her travels she meets a drifter with a chip on his shoulder anda troubled but spirited woman who takes Luli under her wing — portrayed by Redmayne and Lively, respectively.

The deal was negotiated by Larry Greenberg, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for Phase 4 Films, and Cassian Elwes, CAA and Graham Taylor at WME on behalf of the filmmakers.

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