The directorial debut of “Big Bang Theory” star Simon Helberg, “We’ll Never Have Paris,” has been acquired for North American rights by Orion Releasing.
Orion will release the film theatrically in select markets on Jan. 22, 2015 in advance of a VOD release. Helberg wrote and starred in the romantic comedy, which was co-directed by his wife, Jocelyn Towne. It also stars Zachary Quinto, Melanie Lynskey, Alfred Molina, Jason Ritter and Maggie Grace.
The film is based on Helberg and Towne’s real-life romantic history. Helberg plays a neurotic man in the midst of a quarter-life crisis that reaches a peak when a coworker (Grace) confesses his love for him as he’s about to propose to his longtime girlfriend, played by Lynskey. He then leaves his girlfriend and quickly regrets the decision — only to find out that she has fled to Paris.
“This is a deeply personal film for us that looks closely at the pain and suffering leading up to our catastrophic proposal,” said Towne and Helberg in a statement. “And we’re thrilled that Orion finds it as hilarious as we do.”
Robert Ogden Barnum (“All is Lost”), Katie Mustard (“The Greatest”), Helberg and Towne produced, with Marc Platt, Cassian Elwes and Judd Rubin exec producing.
“We’ll Never Have Paris” made its debut at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, and subsequently played at the Newport Beach International Film Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival and the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. K5 International will be handling foreign sales for the film.