Phase 4 Films have acquired the U.S. and Canadian Derick Martini’s Hick which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this year. Hick stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne, Juliette Lewis and Alec Baldwin and is being set for a Spring 2012 release date.
Hick, which is based on Andrea Portes coming of age novel tells the story of the following:
” A13-year-old girl (Moretz) who, tired of fending for herself and her mom’s penchant for hard-drinking men, hits the road in hopes of becoming a superstar. Along the way, she meets a drifter with a chip on his shoulder (Redmayne) and a troubled but spirited woman (Lively) who takes the girl under her wing.”
Phase 4 president-CEO Berry Meyerowitz released a statement regarding acquiring the US rights to distribution:
“We’ve had Derick Martini on our radar since he entered the scene with his edgy film Lymelife… Hick is an amazing, pull no punches adventure and we could not ask for a more talented cast.”
Though Hick received conflicting reviews at TIFF, having read the novel, I think it should do relatively well (judging by the talent involved) and I for one am excited to see it.