Fox Searchlight has already set a June 12 release date for Me And Earl And The Dying Girl, its big Sundance acquisition back in January, and now has dropped its trailer for the first wide look at the Alfonso Gomez-Rejon-directed drama that took Park City by storm winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for best U.S. Dramatic Feature. Jesse Andrews’ Black List script based on his book stars Thomas Mann and RJ Cyler as high school buddies who make spirited, bizarre films, but their friendship threatens to unravel when his mother forces one of them to befriend a classmate (Olivia Cooke) with leukemia.
Fox Searchlight has been on a bit of a roll, taking a couple of films into this year’s Best Picture Oscar race with Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel (also with Indian Paintbrush, which also is partnering here) and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman. The latter won the whole enchilada, just like Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave the year before. So they know what works. It’s clear from the trailer that Paintbrush and Searchlight saw a sort of Wes Anderson look and feel here too, combining big-picture themes in a coming-of-age story with a laser focus on a trio of well-drawn characters.
So, is this Searchlight’s next big pic?