Vertical Entertainment Takes Playing It Cool, Starring Chris Evans


Vertical Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to Justin Reardon’s Playing It Cool (formerly A Many Splintered Thing), which stars Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Martin Starr, Aubrey Plaza, Patrick Warburton, Topher Grace, Luke Wilson, Anthony Mackie, Ioan Gruffudd, and Philip Baker Hall. The deal was announced by the company’s Co-President’s Rich Goldberg and Mitch Budin, who plan to release the film in theaters in the first quarter of 2015.

Playing It Cool is the story of ME (Evans), a young man disillusioned by love, who meets a breathtaking young woman, HER (Monaghan), at a charity dinner by pretending to be a philanthropist. Only one problem: she’s engaged. Yet, he engages into a platonic relationship to be able to keep seeing her. Like a young ‘Walter Mitty’ using the power of imagination and wild vignettes, ME will stop at nothing to conquer HER heart.

“We are looking forward to working with Chris Evans and the rest of the cast for the U.S. release of ‘Playing It Cool,'” said Vertical Co-President Mitch Budin. “We think audiences will appreciate the unique storytelling and the honest intimacy between Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan, which will challenge moviegoers to redefine the way they see love and happiness.”

“We’re very excited to partner with Vertical on ‘Playing It Cool,'” said producer Nicolas Chartier. “We hope it will be the first of many.”

Playing It Cool is directed Reardon, written by Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair, executive produced by Evans and produced by Nicolas Chartier, Craig Flores, McG, and Mary Viola.