‘In A World …’ where Lake Bell’s directorial debut lands a distribution deal

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Mark Deming
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Fans of actress Lake Bell take note -- she's now officially a multi-hyphenate, and you'll be able to see the results of her expanded resume in theaters soon.

Bell, who appeared in the movies "No Strings Attached," "It's Complicated," and "What Happens In Vegas" and has played recurring roles on "Children's Hospital," "How To Make It In America," and "Boston Legal," has written and directed a new comedy, "In A World …"
that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. After earning rave reviews, Roadside Attractions had purchased the American distribution rights to "In A World… ," and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has obtained the international rights.

In the movie, Bell plays Carol Solomon, a vocal coach who works with voice over artists. Many of Carol's clients provide the narration for movie trailers, and her father, one of the top men in the field, expects to land a high-paying job doing the previews for a big-budget sci-fi franchise. However, Carol soon finds herself in running for the same gig, which causes friction between herself, her family, and her clients, all while she's trying to navigate a new relationship with an audio engineer.

While this is the first feature Bell has written and directed, she previously made a pair of short subjects, "Worst Enemy" and "El Tonto," and directed a few episodes of "Children's Hospital." A few of Bell's friends from "Children's Hospital" play supporting roles in "In
A World … ," including Rob Corddry and Ken Marino, while Nick Offerman from "Parks and Recreation," Jeff Garlin from "Curb Your Enthusiasm," and comedian Demitri Martin also appear in the cast. Geena Davis contributes a cameo as a studio executive.

"In A World …" has already earned Bell the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at Sundance, and early reviews have been enthusiastic. Variety called it "a rollicking gaffer" and "a giddy, inside-Hollywood romp," while describing Bell as "a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball
leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition." Screen Daily praised it as "A delightful comedy that goes a long way on the strength of its very likeable cast," and Film.com headlined their review, "Pretty much a perfect movie." Roadside Attractions plans to bring "In A World …" to theaters this summer; no word yet on when Sony will release the film overseas … or who will narrate the trailer.