AfterDark Embraces The Wristcutters

AfterDark Films has acquired North American rights to Goran Dukic’s dark romantic comedy “Wristcutters: A Love Story,” starring Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Will Arnett and Tom Waits says The Hollywood Reporter.

“Wristcutters,” based on a short story by Etgar Keret, follows a group of young adults stuck in purgatory after committing suicide. The group embarks on a “Wizard of Oz”-style road trip, stopping at a magical camp run by an eccentric man (Waits) on their way to meeting the messiah (Arnett). Fugit will play a heartbroken member of the group, and Sossamon plays a hitchhiker who claims that her fate is all a big mistake.

Released in August, a controversial marketing campaign is planned featuring cardboard cutouts of characters jumping off a bridge, electrocuting and hanging themselves in keeping with the film’s suicide theme.