A24 and DirecTV are finalizing a deal for U.S. rights to dystopian love story “Equals,” which played Venice and Toronto amid serious distributor interest, reports Variety. In the film director Drake Doremus explores the forbidden romance that happens between Kristen Stewart and Nicolas Hoult in an emotion-suppressed world.
A24 is on a roll. This fall the rising indie distributor has entered the awards race with three movies: James Ponsoldt’s David Foster Wallace biopic “The End of the Tour,” starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, Asif Kapadia’s harrowing music doc “Amy,” about Brit singer Amy Winehouse, and Lenny Abrahamson and writer Emma Donoghue’s moving lit flick “Room,” starring Oscar contender Brie Larson, which landed the coveted People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, which often presages a Best Picture Oscar contender. That film opens this weekend.
“Equals” will be released via A24’s DirecTV deal, which has so far released such genre fodder as “Barely Lethal” as well as leisurely Michael Fassbender western “Slow West” and Sundance pickup “Mississippi Grind,” an ambling road movie co-starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as a pair of gamblers trying to change their luck.
DirectTV will debut the film before it hits select theaters via A24.