Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs Movie ‘Life Partners’ Acquired by Magnolia

Susanna Fogel directed the film, which was produced by Jordana Mollick and Brendan Bragg

Magnolia Pictures has acquired U.S. rights to Susanna Fogel’s “Life Partners” following its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, the company announced Friday.

Red Crown Productions and Haven Entertainment produced the film, which stars Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”), Gillian Jacobs (“Community”), Adam Brody (“”The O.C.”) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Precious”).

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Developed within the Sundance Screenwriters Lab, “Life Partners” was written by Fogel and Joni Lefkowitz, whose other collaborations include the series “Chasing Life” and the pilot “Washingtonienne.”

Straight Paige (Jacobs) and lesbian Sasha (Meester) are co-dependent best friends in their late 20’s who have spent the last 10 years acting more like wives than friends — they talk to each other on the toilet and drive each other to the doctor. As with any good marriage, they’re a perfect yin-and-yang. That is, until Paige meets Tim (Brody), who despite some superficial drawbacks (questionable facial hair, a penchant for quoting the movies everyone quotes), is the kind of guy women marry.

As Paige’s relationship with Tim grows, her bond withSasha inevitably shifts. Suddenly without a “partner,” Sasha is left to examine her own shortcomings and panic about her impending 30th birthday. Passive-aggressive conflict brews in their friendship until the girls must finally confront the question they’ve been avoiding: can their friendship survive growing up?

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“It has been such a privilege to work with Red Crown in making ‘Life Partners,’ a film that we are all so proud of,” said Jordana Mollick, who produced the film with Brendan Bragg. “We are thrilled that Magnolia shares our passion and are excited to join such a dynamic team on the release of the movie.”

“Susanna is a great comedic talent, and we are so happy to be bringing her film to audiences,” added Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles.

UTA and WME represented the filmmakers in negotiating the deal with Magnolia’s director of acquisitions John Von Thaden.