The Spectacular Now Sparkles at Sundance

Jennifer Byrd

News Editor

A24 Films, one of the newest and most active distribution companies on the Independent film scene, has acquired the rights to “The Spectacular Now,” the movie based on RSC Professor Tim Tharp’s book.

The novel was a Finalist in 2008 for the National Book Award. It was adapted for the silver screen by Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter, and premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

This young adult love story mixed with a coming of age drama is set for a Summer release. With all the attention the movie has received over the last week, it may be one of the films to receive a wide theatrical release by its young distributor.  A24 Films was formed less than six months ago in Aug 2012.

Movie still of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in the adaptations of Tim Tharp's book "The Spectacular Now."  Photo courtesy of

Movie still of Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller in the adaptations of Tim Tharp’s book “The Spectacular Now.” Photo courtesy of

The breakout performances by Miles Teller, as Sutter, and Shailene Woodley, as Aimee have been heavily praised since last Friday’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The movie was featured in the U.S. dramatic competition.

Regarding their newest acquisition, A24 said, “we fell in love with this film the minute that we watched it and we know the rest of the country will embrace this timeless love story.”

A24 principals David Fenkel, John Hodges and Daniel Katz also praised the film’s Director. “James [Ponsoldt] has directed a wonderful film that depicts young love with complete authenticity and has two young stars giving incredible performances…”

The production crew seemed pleased with the purchase as well. In a press release Producer Andrew Lauren said, “I am so thrilled that the film has found a home with a company that has such passion for it. It’s been an amazing Sundance and we are so gratified by the incredibly warm response here.”

Book author, Tim Tharp, made an appearance at the film festival where he was able to view the movie twice and participated in a question and answer session with the audience.

When asked about his thoughts about the film he said, “I absolutely loved what they did with my characters and story. Every performance was beautifully executed. ”

Tharp’s latest young adult novel, Mojo, the story of a young slacker trying to turn his life around, is slated for release this April.

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