Tribeca Film Takes Rights to James Franco’s ‘Palo Alto’

Tribeca Film has acquired the North American rights to dark drama Palo Alto which is centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble.

Tribeca Film chief creative officer Geoff Gilmore commented on the deal saying “Gia Coppola’s auspicious filmmaking debut Palo Alto is an elegant depiction of generational angst and despair, which resonates with realism and restraint, Fueled by a vibrant cast of young talent, Coppola’s artistic collaboration with James Franco results in a thoughtful and subtly intertwined coming-of-age story.”

From writer, director Gia Coppola Palo Alto is a true festival favorite as following its debut at the Venice Film Festival it also made appearances on the festival scene at both the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals, where the film was overwhelmingly well received. Palo Alto is based one of Franco’s short stories which is also names Palo Alto. As well as being based off a successful short story the film also combines an interesting cast of actors including James Franco, Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, Chris Messina and Colleen Camp.

Coppola also commented saying “Tribeca is a company that has been a pleasure to partner with and share creative ideas in this ever evolving film industry, I can’t think of a better home for my film.”

Tribeca Film are currently eying a spring 2014 theatrical release for Gia Coppola’s first directed feature, which is produced by RabbitBandini Productions. The deal was negotiated for Tribeca Film by Nick Savva, Attorneys Barry Hirsch and George Hayum represented the filmmakers of ‘Palo Alto’.


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