A24, the upstart indie distributor that’s in the Oscar conversation this year with Room and the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, has acquired U.S. rights to Andrea Arnold’s American Honey. The coming-of-age teen tale, now in postproduction, stars Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf and Riley Keough. Parts & Labor, Pulse Films, and ManDown Pictures are producers. A24 plans a second-half 2016 release.
The pic revolves around law-breaking teenagers who are chasing the American Dream: selling magazine subscriptions by day, partying by night. It’s told through the eyes of Star (Lane), a new recruit to the group who falls into a relationship with one of its leaders. It was shot on location in the Midwest and is the first U.S. feature for Arnold, a UK director who won an Oscar in 2003 for her short film Wasp.
The project was co-developed by Film 4 and financed by Maven Pictures’ new film fund, BFI and Film 4. Protagonist Pictures is handling international sales.
CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.