Joe Dante’s Horror Comedy ‘Burying the Ex’ Acquired by Image Entertainment (Exclusive)

Film stars Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”), Ashley Greene (“Twilight”) and Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective”)

Image Entertainment has acquired all U.S. rights to Joe Dante‘s horror comedy “Burying the Ex,” which stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario, TheWrap has learned.

“Burying the Ex” premiered at the Venice Film Festival and is expected to be released in theaters and on VOD this summer.

Written by Alan Trezza, “Burying the Ex” follows nice guy Max (Yelchin) and his overbearing but incredibly beautiful girlfriend Evelyn (Greene). Their relationship takes a nosedive after they decide to move in together and Evelyn turns out to be a controlling, manipulative nightmare. Max realizes it’s time to call it quits, but there’s just one problem: he’s too afraid to break up with her. Fate steps in when Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max single and ready to mingle. Several weeks later, he has a chance encounter with Olivia (Daddario), a cute and spirited girl who just might be his soulmate.  But that same night, Evelyn returns from the grave as a dirt-smeared zombie and she’s determined to live happily ever after with Max.

Photo by Suzanne TennerThe film was produced by Scooty Woop Entertainment’s Mary Cybriwsky and Frankie Lindquist, Artimage Entertainment’s Carl Effenson and Kyle Tekiela and Act 4 Entertainment’s David Johnson and Trezza.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with legendary filmmaker Joe Dante. He brings a unique vision and style to ‘Burying the Ex.’ We are confident that his fans and the genre community will embrace the film,” said Mark Ward, RLJ Entertainment’s senior VP of acquisitions for the Image brands.

Ward negotiated the deal on behalf of RLJE/Image Entertainment along with Cassian Elwes, CAA and Voltage Pictures on behalf of the filmmakers.

Image Entertainment is an RLJ Entertainment brand. RLJE owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series “Foyle’s War” and 64% of Agatha Christie Limited.