Entertainment company A24 has acquired the North American distribution rights to "Dog Years," bringing the Knoxville-filmed movie one big step closer to movie theaters across the country.

Knoxvillian Gordon Whitener, one of the movie's producers, told WBIR 10News about the acquisition Wednesday. Whitener said DirecTV will also be involved in the movie's distribution.

"We are thrilled to work with A24. They are a fantastic company who is on a roll. We are thankful to everyone who helped us get to this point," Whitener said.

A24 recently handled distribution of the Oscar award-winning movie "Moonlight," which earned $55 million at the box office.

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The cast and crew of "Dog Years" spent several weeks filming scenes in Knoxville last summer. The movie's cast includes stars Burt Reynolds, Ariel Winter and Chevy Chase.

The movie premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City in April.

No word yet on an official release date.