In their third major deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, A24 has picked up the U.S. distribution rights for Jeff Baena’s horror-comedy Life After Beth, starring Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly and Molly Shannon.
The romantic zombie movie, written by Baena (I Heart Huckabees), stars DeHaan a a teenager who gets a second chance to connect with his dead girlfriend when she comes back to life. It premiered at the Library Theatre on January 19 as part of the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition.
Although A24 will release the movie theatrically, there is also a DirecTV component to the deal where the satellite provider will be able to show the movie exclusively for thirty days before any theatrical release, something it’s been doing with other movies such as Diablo Cody’s recent Paradise.