The Skeleton Twins, Starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, Acquired at Sundance


Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions each announced today that the respective companies have acquired rights in all territories to Craig Johnson’s drama The Skeleton Twins. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have jointly acquired US rights to the film, while SPWA is taking all worldwide rights outside of the US.

The Skeleton Twins premiered this week in the US Dramatic Competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Co-written by Johnson and Mark Heyman, the film stars Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Luke Wilson, and Ty Burrell.

A Duplass Brothers and Venture Forth Production, The Skeleton Twins is produced by Stephanie Langhoff, Jennifer Lee, and Jacob Pechenik, and executive produced by Mark Duplass, Jay Duplass, and Jared Ian Goldman. The Skeleton Twins was fully financed by Venture Forth.

Howard Cohen, Roadside Attractions Co-President, stated, “Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig give brilliant, breakout performances as a live wire but also out of control brother and sister who have to reconnect, and we fell in love with Craig Johnson’s amazingly assured film.”

In The Skeleton Twins, estranged twins Maggie and Milo feel that they’re at the end of their ropes and an unexpected reunion forces them to confront why their lives went so wrong. As the twins reconnect, they realize the key to fixing their lives may just lie in repairing their relationship.

Craig Johnson’s first feature film, True Adolescents, starring Mark Duplass and Melissa Leo, premiered at the 2009 SXSW Film Festival. He has written two films for 20th Century Fox and was a member of the inaugural Fox Writers Studio.

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are planning a theatrical release for the feature film in late summer 2014.