February 8, 2023

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Picks up North American rights to vertical comedy ‘Who Invited Charlie?’

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Vertical has secured North American rights to “Who Invited Charlie?”, a comedy written by Nicolas Shute and directed by Javier Manrique (“Chronically Metropolitan”).

The film stars Adam Paley (“Sonic the Hedgehog 2”), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious franchise), Reed Scott (“Veep”), Josh Roquemore, (“The Mindy Project”) Dylan Penn (“Flag Day”), Peter Dagger (“Insidious 5”), Peter Grosz (“Late Night with Seth Meyers”), Rhys Coiro (“Paradise City”) and more.

In the film, Phil Schreiber (Scott), a self-involved hedge fund manager, and his wife Rosie (Brewster) take refuge in the Hamptons with their son at the start of quarantine. The surprise arrival of Phil’s cocktail-swilling, pot-smoking college roommate Charlie (Pally) worsens an already fraught situation. Charlie is also the keeper of some of Phil’s darkest secrets. To make matters worse for Phil, his wife and son love Charlie. As Charlie makes himself at home, secrets are revealed that threaten to do more harm than good.

“Who invited Charlie?” Produced by Manrique, Shute, Reid Scott and Jason Dubin (“The Babysitters”), David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”), Adam Paley and Jordana Brewster are executive producers. The cinematographer of the film is Scott Miller.

Dubin said: “Charlie reminds us that humor and vulnerability can carry us and bring us together even in the most challenging times. We all have a ‘Charlie’ in our lives and we can’t wait for the audience to fall in love with us.

Tony Piantedosi, Senior VP of Acquisitions at Verticals, added: “Viewers deserve a good laugh in the cold depths of winter. Xavier and this incredibly funny cast have created a hilarious movie that is just the antidote we need right now.”

Vertical will release on February 3.

Piantedosi negotiated the deal on behalf of the vertical, while CAA Media Finance negotiated the production.

Current and upcoming vertical releases include Michael Jacobs’ “Maybe I Do,” starring Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, William H. Massey, Emma Roberts and Luke Bracey; Darren Le Gallo’s “Sam & Kate,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Sissy Spacek; the 2022 SXSW thriller “Gone in the Night,” directed by Eli Horowitz and starring Winona Ryder and John Gallagher Jr.; 2022 Sundance headlines “Emily the Criminal,” directed by John Patton Ford, starring Aubrey Plaza; John Michael McDonagh’s “The Forgiven,” starring Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain and Matt Smith, which premiered at Tribeca 2022; and Rodrigo Garcia’s “Four Happy Days,” starring Glenn Close and Mila Kunis.

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