Andrea Arnold’s ‘American Honey’ Attracts A24

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.

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