EXCLUSIVE: Open Road closed a deal last night in Cannes for U.S. rights to Before I Fall, the Ry Russo-Young-directed adaptation of the 2010 Lauren Oliver bestselling YA novel. Open Road committed to a wide release of 2000 screens and won the film, which screened here for U.S. and international buyers. UTA Independent Film Group brokered the sale and Good Universe is selling international here, an effort that should be helped by this deal. The title was a bit under the radar compared to some others, but it is a branded YA novel with a comparable youthful following of Perks of Being a Wallflower and If I Stay. The film stars Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Kian Lawley, Logan Miller, Cynthy Wu, Elena Kampouris, Medalion Rahimi, and Jennifer Beals. The script by Maria Maggenti made the Black List, with revisions by Beyond the Lights’ Gina Prince-Bythewood. Brian Robbins, Matt Kaplan, and Jon Shestack produced it. It is the first wide release picture for Awesomeness Films.
Samantha Kingston is a young woman who has it all: the crush-worthy boyfriend, amazing best friends and drop dead gorgeous looks. February 12 is just another charmed day in Sam’s life until it turns out to be her last. Stuck reliving her last day during one inexplicable week, Sam untangles the mystery surrounding her death—and discovers the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.