×

A24 Lands Rights to Sundance and SXSWPic ‘Never Goin’ Back’ (EXCLUSIVE)

In anticipation of its SXSW premiere on Friday, A24 has acquired worldwide rights to Augustine Frizzell’s feature directorial debut, “Never Goin’ Back.”

The movie, featuring breakout performances from Maia Mitchell and Cami Morrone, and co-starring Kyle Mooney, made its world premiere to enthusiastic response at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Frizzell also wrote the script. Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, David Lowery, and Liz Cardenas produced — the same team behind A24’s critically lauded “A Ghost Story.” A24 plans to release the pic sometime this year.

“I am beyond thrilled to partner with A24 on the release of ‘Never Goin’ Back,'” Frizzell said. “They’re my dream company and consistently put out my favorite films every year (and with the coolest marketing campaigns!)”

The comedy is a fresh and funny look at female friendship, following lifelong best friends Angela and Jessie, who dream of escaping their waitressing jobs at a low-rent Texas diner. Taking place over the course of just a few days, the film follows their hilarious and unpredictable misadventures on the streets of suburban Dallas, as they attempt increasingly madcap and wild schemes to try and raise some cash.

“Frizzell has made a wondrous, winning, and enormously impressive directorial debut,” an A24 execs said. “It’s an infectiously fun and uniquely modern look at two scrappy young women pursuing a dream, and more broadly a touching and relatable ode to the bonds of female friendship. We’re so thrilled to be working with Augustine and our good friends at Sailor Bear to bring this movie to audiences around the world.”

Endeavor Content negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

More Film

  • Captain Marvel

    Box Office: 'Captain Marvel' Shatters $900 Million Milestone

    Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” continues to do heroic business. In its latest box office milestone, the female-fronted superhero tentpole zoomed past $900 million in ticket sales worldwide. “Captain Marvel” brought in a mighty $87 million globally this weekend, including $52 million from international territories. It has now generated $589 million overseas for a global haul [...]

  • Us - Lupita Nyong’o - cr:

    Box Office: Jordan Peele's 'Us' Stuns With $70 Million Opening Weekend

    Talk about scary good. Universal’s “Us,” the second directorial effort from Jordan Peele, pulled off a stunning debut, generating $70 million from 3,741 North American locations. That haul is enough to land it the second-best opening weekend of the year behind just Disney’s “Captain Marvel” ($153 million). The psychological thriller about a family confronted by [...]

  • 'Shazam!' Review: Zachary Levi is Pure

    Film Review: 'Shazam!'

    In “Shazam!,” Zachary Levi brings off something so winning it’s irresistible. He plays a square-jawed, rippling-muscled man of might, with a cheesy Day-Glo lighting bolt affixed to his chest, who projects an insanely wholesome and old-fashioned idea of what a superhero can be. But he’s also playing a breathless teenage kid on the inside, and [...]

  • WGA Agents Contract Tug of War

    Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday

    More than 750 showrunners and screenwriters have backed the WGA’s battle against talent agencies taking packaging fees and other changes to the rules governing the business relationship between agents and writers. The letter of support issued Saturday is significant because of the immense clout showrunners and prominent screenwriters possess in Hollywood. Several showrunners had recently [...]

  • Doppelgänger Red (Lupita Nyong'o) and Adelaide

    Box Office: 'Us' on Track for Second-Highest Debut of 2019 With $67 Million

    Jordan Peele’s “Us” is on its way to scaring up one of the biggest debuts of 2019, with an estimated $67 million from 3,741 North American locations. Should estimates hold, “Us” will be able to claim several milestones: the highest debut for an original horror movie (the biggest launch for any horror pic goes to [...]

  • NF_D_JGN-D6-2160.cr2

    Film Review: 'The Dirt'

    A long time ago, the words sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll carried a hint of danger. The lifestyle did, too, but I’m talking about the phrase. It used to sound cool (back around the time the word “cool” sounded cool). But sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll has long since passed into the realm [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content