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Jon Heder, Justin Long Movie ‘Ghost Team’ Picked Up by The Orchard

The comedy is directed by Oliver Irving

The Orchard has acquired the North American, U.K., Australian and New Zealand distribution rights to “Ghost Team,” starring Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Melonie Diaz, Paul W. Downs with Justin Long and Amy Sedaris, the company announced Wednesday.

The comedy, directed by Oliver Irving and written by Peter Warren, wrapped production last week and is slated for release at the end of 2016.

The film follows paranormal-obsessed Louis (Heder) who puts together a dysfunctional team desperate to escape the monotony of everyday life. The group brushes with entities haunting an abandoned farm while they explore friendship and adventure.

Julie Christeas and Schuyler Weiss of Tandem Pictures, Alex Sagalchik of Mott Street Pictures, Clem McIntosh and Irving produced, with Kevin Iwashina of Preferred Content serving as executive producer.

“When you pair a script this hilarious with a cast this funny, and bring talent like Oliver Irving to the table, it’s really a no-brainer for us,” said Paul Davidson, The Orchard’s SVP of Film and TV. “We’re thrilled to be involved with ‘Ghost Team’ at this early stage and bring it to audiences next year.”

“Ghost Team” is the latest film acquisition for The Orchard; recently, the company picked up the films “Demon” and “Southbound.” Recent releases include “Nasty Baby,” “The Overnight,” “Finders Keepers” and awards season contender “Cartel Land.”

The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, The Orchard’s Director of Acquisitions, with Marc Bortz of Preferred Content and Marc Simon of Cowan Debaets Abrahams and Sheppard LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.