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Sundance: Aubrey Plaza’s ‘Life After Beth’ Picked Up by A24, DirecTV

A24 and DirecTV have acquired U.S. rights to zombie comedy “Life After Beth,” five days after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The purchase includes a 30-day exclusive window for DirecTV prior to the theatrical release as part of an overall deal announced in September by A24 and the satcaster to jointly acquire films for U.S. distribution.

“Life After Beth” is financed by Starstream Entertainment and Abbolita Prods. Producers are Liz Destro and Michael Zakin of American Zoetrope. Jeff Baena directed “Beth” from his own script, with Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser and Anna Kendrick starring.

DeHaan plays a man devastated by the unexpected death of his girlfriend, played by Plaza, who mysteriously returns and gives him a second chance at love as his world is upended.

WME Global and CAA repped the U.S. rights while XYZ is handing international.

Geoff Berkshire gave the film an upbeat review at Sundance, calling it “laugh out loud funny.”

The first film covered in the alliance between A24 and DirectTV was “Enemy,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve.

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