Image Entertainment announced today its acquisition of all U.S. rights to the upcoming horror comedy Burying the Ex from renowned director Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling). Written by Alan Trezza (“Sanctuary”), Burying the Ex stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga) and Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective,” Texas Chainsaw). The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, is expected to be released in theaters and on VOD in the summer of 2015.
Burying the Ex follows Max (Yelchin), an all-around nice guy, and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend, Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s too afraid to break up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later, he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soul mate. But that same night, Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared Zombie and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with legendary filmmaker Joe Dante,” says Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for the Image brands. “He brings a unique vision and style to ‘Burying the Ex’. We are confident that his fans and the genre community will embrace the film.”
Burying the Ex is produced by Mary Cybriwsky, Carl Effenson, David Johnson, Frankie Lindquist, Kyle Tekiela and Alan Trezza. The deal was negotiated by Mark Ward on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment and Cassian Elwes, CAA and Voltage Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.