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Vertical Entertainment Acquires The Storied Life Of A.J. Fikry Film Starring Kunal Nayyar Lucy Hale Christina Hendricks & More

Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Hans Canosas film The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry from international sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment. Currently in postproduction the film is slated for release in theaters this fall.

The dramedy is based on Gabrielle Zevins bestseller of the same name which has sold over five million copies worldwide. It tells the story of bookstore owner A.J. Fikry Kunal Nayyar who is struggling to navigate a life that is far from what he expected it to be as he is feeling left behind by a rapidly evolving world. After his wifes death in a tragic accident Fikrys store hits a financial low point with sales at abysmal levels.

Driven to drinking his sorrows away Fikry hits rock bottom when his most prized possession a series of Edgar Allen Poe poems are stolen. But when a mysterious package arrives Fikry discovers not all is lost and his chances for starting anew are greater than he ever imagined. Lucy Hale The Hating Game Christina Hendricks Good Girls Scott Foley Scandal and David Arquette Scream franchise also star. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry marks the latest collaboration between Vertical and TPC as part of their continuing production lending venture. Zevin adapted the screenplay for the film and produced alongside Canosa Claude Dal Farra The Hating Game Brian Keady and Kelsey Law.

Nayyar Hale Hendricks and Brice Dal Farra exec produced alongside Verticals Peter Jarowey Rich Goldberg Mitch Budin and TPCs David Gendron as well as Ali Jazayeri Viviana Zarragoitia and John Bails. Ivy Chu and Verticals Kristin Harris served as associate producers with Arlie Day and Mike Page as coproducers. We are thrilled to be working with Hans and Gabrielle on this fantastic adaptation of her bestselling novel said Claude Del Farra. The performances are outstanding and we are excited for the world to discover the movie.

We recently worked with Lucy Claude and Mister Smith Entertainment on The Hating Game and look forward to building on that great success with The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry said Vertical Entertainment Partner Peter Jarowey. We are confident that Claude and the production team will deliver an exceptional film audiences will embrace when they experience it this fall. We are delighted be working on this —our third film—with Vertical added Mister Smith Entertainments CEO David Garrett. They have proven themselves to be great partners.

Vertical Entertainment is a global independent distributor which was founded in 2012. Other upcoming releases from the company include Eli Horowitzs SXSW 2022 thriller The Cow starring Winona Ryder and John Gallagher Jr. John Patton Fords Sundance 2022 pic Emily the Criminal starring Aubrey Plaza and Theo Rossi and Krystin Ver Lindens Sundance drama Alice starring Keke Palmer Common Gaius Charles and Jonny Lee Miller. Jarowey negotiated the deal for The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry on behalf of Vertical Entertainment with Mister Smith Entertainments Garrett on behalf of the filmmakers.

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