Zoe Lister-Jones’ journey to the last party on the last day on Earth has found a home. Variety reports that MGM’s American International Pictures label snagged rights to “How It Ends” and plans to release the comedy in theaters and on digital platforms July 20 in the U.S.
Written, directed, and produced by Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein, “How It Ends” is set in LA on the eve of the end of the world and tells the story of Liza (Lister-Jones), a woman making her way to the last party ever. “As she reconciles relationships with parents, old lovers, and friends, she walks in step with a metaphysical projection of her younger self,” the source summarizes. “Mare of Easttown’s” Cailee Spaeny plays the younger version of Liza.
“How It Ends” made its world premiere back in January at Sundance Film Festival.
“Daryl and I started conceiving of this story pretty early on in quarantine. We were facing so many unprecedented fears, and living in this apocalyptic landscape. We were both doing a lot of inner child work in therapy, and this film served as a way for us to process a lot of what we were feeling, while also serving as a time capsule of this singular moment in history,” Lister-Jones told us.
Asked what she’d like audiences to think about after seeing the film, the multi-hyphenate said, “I hope they feel less alone in their aloneness. And I hope they will have experienced a bit of levity, without denying the impact of what we are all going through.”
American International Pictures also secured worldwide rights to “How It Ends.”
“Zoe and Daryl created something truly unique with ‘How It Ends,’ which was shot entirely during one of the most surreal and challenging periods in our industry’s history,” said Chris Ottinger, president of worldwide television distribution and acquisitions at MGM. “The result is a charming and funny take on the last-day-on-earth genre. We’re thrilled to be able to share this film with audiences around the world this summer.”
Lister-Jones most recently wrote and directed “The Craft: Legacy,” a continuation of the 1996 cult class about aspiring teen witches. She made her feature directorial debut with 2017’s “Band Aid,” for which she hired an all-female crew. The “Life in Pieces” and “New Girl” alumna penned the script for the comedy about a couple who turn their fights into songs and co-starred. Her other screenplay credits include “Consumed,” “Lola Versus,” and “Breaking Upwards,” all of which she appeared in.