Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman’s Howl starring James Franco.

The film premiered at Sundance and is an imaginative homage to beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s iconic literary creation of the same name and the ensuing public obscenity trial sparkd by its publication in the late 1950s.

Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker of Werc Werk Works produced alongside Epstein and Friedman. 

Oscilloscope will release Howl in theatres and on VOD on September 24.

David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels round out the key cast.

“At O-Scope we love working with passionate, creative film-makers who make entertaining and meaningful films, and the team behind Howl perfectly fit this profile,” O-Scope co-founder David Fenkel said.

“We are very fortunate that Oscilloscope has come on board to bring their passion and dedication to this extraordinary and inspiring movie,” Werc Werk Works CEO Redleaf said.

“Adam Yauch and his team have a terrific track record of nurturing unique films like Howl and we look forward to working with them and bringing it to the widest audience possible,” presidnt Christine Walker added.