Sundance: A24 Acquires Jenny Slate Comedy ‘Obvious Child’

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Gillian Robespierre directed the movie, which is expanded from her own 2009 short film

A24 has acquired Gillian Robespierre’s comedy “Obvious Child,” which stars “Saturday Night Live” alum Jenny Slate, an individual familiar with the dealmaking process has told TheWrap.

A24 is planning a 2014 theatrical release for the film, in which Slate stars as a stand-up comic who works at a bookstore in Brooklyn. When she gets pregnant, she struggles with the decision to have an abortion and whether to tell the father (Jake Lacy). Gaby Hoffman co-stars as Slate’s best friend, while Richard Kind plays her father.

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Elisabeth Holm produced the film and helped Robespierre flesh out the story for the feature, which is based on the director’s 2009 short film of the same name. Slate starred in the short and served as executive producer on the feature.

“Obvious Child” premiered at the Prospector on Friday, when buyers first began circling. Slate and Robespierre executive produced the film with Rooks Nest Entertainment, Sundial Pictures, Votiv Films and David Kaplan.

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As expected, A24 has been aggressive Sundance, as the upstart distributor also acquired Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies,” which stars Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell.

WME Global negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.