Sundance Film Festival
Just because the Sundance Film Festival has been over for weeks doesn’t mean that films that haven’t yet been sold for distribution are out of luck, a two fairly prominent Sundance premieres have just found buyers.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has picked up Christina Choe’s thriller NANCY, starring Andrea Riseborough, which won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Also, Netflix has picked up the worldwide streaming rights to Alexandre Espigares’s animated version of Jack London’s WHITE FANG for a reported seven figures with plans to release it worldwide on the streaming network.
In Nancy, Riseborough (Oblivion, Battle of the Sexes) plays a woman who is convinced she was kidnapped as a child, something that’s solidified when she meets a couple whose own daughter went missing thirty years prior. The film co-stars Steve Buscemi, J. Smith-Cameron, Ann Dowd and John Leguizamo, and it’s produced by Amy Lo of Mental Pictures, Michelle Cameron, and Riseborough under her Mothersucker banner.
The film’s exec. producers are EON Productions’ Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, Gamechanger Films’ Mynette Louie, and XS Media’s Rachel Song, and the deal was negotiated by Samuel Goldwyn Films President Peter Goldwyn, Endeavor Content and Anita Surendran of Gray Krauss Sandler with Cercamon handling international sales.
White Fang is Netflix’s first purchase out of this year’s Sundance, and it features a voice cast that includes Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti and Eddie Spears. The nature story is told from the perspective of a wolf.
Adapted from Jack London’s novel by Dominique Monfery, Philippe Lioret and Serge Frydman, White Fang was co-produced by Superprod, Bidibul Productions and Big Beach with Clément Calvet, Jérémie Fajner, Lilian Eche, Christel Henon, Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf listed as producers.
It’s Big Beach’s first foray into computer animation working alongside Superprod and Bidibul with Rupert Wyatt’s animated take on Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid being a second film in production. There is also already a sequel script to White Fang in development.
The White Fang deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group for Superprod and Bibidul Productions with most of the film’s voice cast handled by UTA. Offerman is also repped by Jackoway Tyerman, while Jones is with Schreck Rose and Giamatti with Kipperman Management and Sloane Offer.
You can see the full list of movies that have already sold during and after Sundance in our 2018 Sundance Sales Sheet.
Deadline initially reported on the White Fang pick-up by Netflix.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor