Dylan Sprouse Comedy ‘The Duel’ Acquired By Lionsgate & Grindstone

EXCLUSIVE: Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment have acquired rights to the comedy The Duel, exec produced by and starring Dylan Sprouse (Beautiful Disaster), in North America, as well as all other English-speaking and Latin American territories.

Marking Sprouse’s first project as EP, the film will hit theaters  via Lionsgate and Iconic Releasing at the end of July. In support of its release, a number of cast members will be in attendance this weekend at the Indy 500 parade, which will include a car and racing helmets themed to the film. Those expected to attend include Sprouse, Hart Denton (Riverdale), Maria Gabriela de Faria (upcoming Superman), Rachel Matthews (Frozen II) and Christian McGaffney (Simón).

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Marking the directorial debut of Justin Matthews & Luke Spencer Roberts, the co-writers of Amazon’s Upgraded, who also penned the script, The Duel is about a modern friend group falling apart and the craziest way to deal with it: by bringing back dueling. Also starring Callan McAuliffe (The Walking Dead), the film watches as his character Woody finds out his best friend Colin (Sprouse) has been sleeping with his girlfriend, challenging him thereafter to an old-school duel. Now ensnared in this bizarre situation, their friend group becomes entangled with an eccentric antique shop owner (Patrick Warburton) obsessed with the past, a cocaine dealer, and a pig, taking them across the border to a mysterious and stunning estate.

Denny Love (Looking For Alaska) and Ronald Guttman (Broadway’s Patriots) also star. The picture is produced by Zachary Spicer, Gordon Strain, Joe Matthews, and Justin Matthews. Spicer’s Indiana based Pigasus Pictures produced all principal photography.

Stated Grindstone Entertainment CEO Barry Brooker, “This movie is crazy fun, unpredictable and hilarious. Moviegoers will love spending time with these characters in this extremely funny story.”

The deal was made by Grindstone partner Stan Wertlieb and Lena Roklin and Larry Schapiro of Luber/Roklin Entertainment, who served as EPs. Attorneys Ryan Webb and Alla Savranskaia from Greenberg Glusker, and Matthew Dresden from Dresden Law, repped the producers.

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