Possibly concluding one of the busiest days in Sundance acquisitions history, Fox Searchlight has picked up the Emma Roberts and Freddie Highmore coming of age comedy "Homework."

The directorial debut of Gavin Weisen centers on George (Highmore), a strange high school senior at an Upper West Side private preparatory school in New York City that can't seem to grasp that avoiding his homework is going to get him expelled from school.  While contemplating that fate, he strikes up a friendship with a fellow classmate, Sally (Roberts), who seems to have a thing for the lanky and goofy artist. The question is: will he realize he needs to step up and get his homework done in time so he can go to college?  Will Sally and George finally consummate their kindred romance?  Audiences across the nation will now get a chance to discover the spine-tingling ending for themselves and probably this summer. The movie also stars Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Rita Wilson, Sam Robards and Blair Underwood.

In a statement, Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Utley remarked, “'Homework; is a real coming of age story, it touched us with its genuine performances, depth and wit.  We're thrilled to continue Searchlight's tradition of being a home to first time filmmakers.”
Weisen said, “We couldn't have found a better home than Searchlight, a company renowned for championing new storytellers."

No terms were disclosed.

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