Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gia Coppola’s directorial debut Palo Alto based on short stories by James Franco.

The distributor plans a spring 2014 theatrical release, which is a rare step for Tribeca Film.

Emma Roberts, newcomer Jack Kilmer, Franco, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer star.

Coppola directed the adaptation that weaves together three stories about teenage lust, boredom and self-destruction.

Palo Alto screened at Venice, Telluride and Toronto and is a James Franco and Rabbit Bandini Productions presentation. Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette served as producers.

Tribeca Film’s Nick Savva brokered the deal with Barry Hirsch and George Hayum of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman on behalf of the film-makers.