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‘Virginia’ finds home with Entertainment One

Company takes North American distrib'n on Black's dramedy

Entertainment One has acquired North American distribution rights to Dustin Lance Black’s “Virginia.”

The “Milk” scribe wrote and directed the Southern dramedy, which stars Jennifer Connelly, Emma Roberts and Ed Harris.

Story centers around Virginia, a mentally ill mother protected by her illegitimate son Emmett, whose father may be the local Mormon sheriff. Their small-town secrets are threatened when Emmett begins a romantic relationship with the sheriff’s daughter as her father runs for public office.

Pic was originally titled “What’s Wrong With Virginia” but underwent significant edits after debuting at the Toronto Film Fest in 2010.

Film was one of the first wave of movies to be produced under Michigan’s old tax incentive program. The state went on to make significant cuts to the program last year.

Christine Vachon of Killer Films produced the pic along with Hopwood DePree and Scott Brooks through their TicTock Studios banner.

Gus Van Sant, Yeardley Smith, Jay Froberg and Greg Suess exec produced.

Entertainment One has been fielding acquisition offers since Toronto, when the distrib’s board confirmed it was taking a sale of the company under consideration.

CAA negotiated the deal with eOne. Inferno Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution rights for “Virginia.”

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