Leslie Mann, John Cena Teen Virginity Comedy ‘The Pact’ Acquired by Universal, Gets Release Date

R-rated film marks the directorial debut of Kay Cannon

Last Updated: January 10, 2017 @ 11:06 AM

Universal Pictures recently acquired “The Pact” starring Leslie Mann, Ike Barinholtz and John Cena, and will release the comedy on April 20, 2018.

The R-rated movie marks the directorial debut of Kay Cannon, who served as a producer on “30 Rock” as well as co-executive producer on “New Girl,” “Baby Mama” and “Pitch Perfect 2.”

The film follows three parents who discover their daughters’ pact to lose their virginity at prom. They launch a one-night operation to stop the teens from doing so.

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce under their Point Grey Pictures banner. Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg (“Harold & Kumar”) and DMG Entertainment’s Chris Fenton are also producing. Good Universe’s Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake (“Juno”) are executive producing with Chris Cowles (“Collide”) of DMG.

The comedy is written by brothers Brian and Jim Kehoe, Hurwitz and Schlossberg and Eben Russell.

Josh Fagen will oversee production for Point Grey and EVP production Erik Baiers and director of development Chloe Yellin will oversee on behalf of Universal.

Mann most recently starred in “How to Be Single” and “The Comedian” alongside Robert De Niro. The film premiered at AFI Fest in November and will open in the United States on Feb. 3.

Cena’s most recent credits include the TV series “Talking Smack” as well as Tina Fey’s comedy “Sisters.” He is currently in post-production for “The Wall.”

Barinholtz was most recently seen in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and “Suicide Squad,” and also lent his voice to “The Angry Birds Movie” and “Storks.” He is currently filming David Ayer’s “Bright” starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.

Mann is represented by CAA and Steve Warren at Hansen Jacobson; Barinholtz is represented by UTA, Principato Young Entertainment and Jared Levin at Morris Yorn; Cena is represented by ICM and Cannon is represented by WME.

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