Full 2014 Sundance Deal Report

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Here’s the final compilation of all news from the 2014 Sundance Festival.

(01.17.14)

DEALS AND SALES

Magnolia Pictures and Paramount are teaming up for distribution on the dramedy HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Magnolia is taking on domestic theatrical and VOD while international rights will go through Paramount. The film stars Anna Kendrick, Joe Swanberg and Lena Dunham and centers on a woman who is dumped right before Christmas, prompting her to move in with her brother and sister-in-law where she drowns out her pain with drugs and alcohol.

Worldwide has picked up for the international territories UK, Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe, Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Miles Teller stars as a jazz drummer hell-bent on becoming a successful musician who finds himself at odds with his tough-as-nails band instructor (J.K. Simmons). Damien Chazelle, who is repped by Gersh, wrote and directed the film.

The documentary DINOSAUR 13 has had its North American rights picked up by Lionsgate and CNN Films. Todd Miller directed the film, which centers on the un-earthing of the most complete T-Rex skeleton ever.

Elijah Wood is producing through his Spectrevision banner. The film, the first of a planned trilogy, plots a young boy’s life as he turns into a serial killing mass-murderer. Clay McLeod Chapman and Craig Macneill wrote the , which brought Aiden Lovekamp on board to star with Jared Breeze. Producing with Wood are Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller.

Kent Sanderson of GoDigital and Dylan Marchetti of Variance are coming together to run distribution company Amplify, which has brought Logan Mulvey on as CEO.

Element Pictures and Lenny Abrahamson have come to terms on a first-look deal. Under the pact, Abrahamson will continue to create film and projects for the company. His film, FRANK, which will be showing at Sundance, stars Michael Fassbender. Abrahamson is repped by and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates.

WWE Studios is on board the horror-thriller OCULUS with Blumhouse and Relativity. Written by Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard and directed by Flanagan, the film centers on siblings who team up to defeat an evil mirror that killed their parents. Flanagan and Howard are both repped by .

ATTACHMENTS

Angelina Jolie will serve as an executive on DIFRET, which takes place in Ethiopia and centers on a girl and a lawyer who battle the Ethiopian practice of ‘marriage by abduction.’ Jolie is repped by .

HIRINGS

Ryan Werner, an indie film marketing specialist, has joined Cinetic Media as a Senior .

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(01.20.14)

DEALS AND SALES

The Cesar Chavez documentary CESAR’S LAST FAST has been picked up by Pivot and Univision. The film, directed by Lorena Parlee and Richard Ray Perez centers on the 36 days that Chavez fasted in protest of the pesticides used on farmers in 1988.

Lynn Shelton’s LAGGIES has been picked up by A24 for domestic rights. The film centers on a woman who postpones responding to her boyfriend’s marriage proposal and instead goes to hang out with high school friends. Chloe Moretz, Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell star in the film. Shelton is repped by .

James Franco’s KINK, which premiered at last year’s Sundance festival, has finally found distribution through MPI Pictures, who have picked up North American rights. The documentary center on the sexually-themed website kink.com. The project was directed by Christina Voros.

WISH I WAS HERE, Zach Braff’s latest film, has been picked up by Focus Features. Braff stars as a struggling actor and father trying to find purpose in his life. He also wrote and directed the project and is repped by .

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jared Geller have inked a first-look deal with Participant Media and Pivot. The deal comes on the heels of Gordon-Levitt’s company HitRECord premiering the first episodes of their show HITRECORD ON . Gordon-Levitt is repped by .

THE NIGHT COMES FOR US, directed by Timo Tjahjanto, has been bought for North American rights by RADiUS-TWC. The film centers on a mobster who returns to his local crime family in Jakarta only to find himself trapped in a word of betrayal and chaos. maestro Gareth Evans is producing and directing the action sequences. Tjahjanto is repped by .

Fox Searchlight has picked up worldwide rights to I ORIGINS. Mike Cahill wrote and directed the project which centers on two molecular biologists who discover evidence that could alter society completely. Cahill is repped by .

FEAR CLINIC haas sold to Anchor Bay for all rights. Robert Hall directed the film and co-wrote with Aaron Drane. The film follows five patients whose lives have been destroyed by their incurable phobias, and come to the Clinic willing to do whatever it takes to cure their worst fears and get a new lease on life… albeit for a price. Hall is repped by .

Lionsgate will be acquiring North American distribution for COOTIES. Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directed the film, which centers on a mysterious virus that turns adolescents into mindless killers.

A24 has acquired OBVIOUS CHILD, written and directed by Gillian Robespierre. The film centers on a woman who was impregnated during a one night stand with a man and reconnects with him on her way to an abortion.

Lindsay Lohan is attached to star in and produce INCONCEIVABLE. The thriller being produced by Emmett/Furla is keeping its logline under wraps and is currently in search of a director. Lohan is repped by .

ATTACHMENTS

Bruce Willis will produce and narrate THE PEOPLE DEMAND. The documentary film centers on protestors around the world fighting for their rights. Most prominently, the film will chronicle the political and social unrest in Cairo, Egypt. After last starring in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and “RED 2”, Willis will next appear in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” He is repped by .

(01.21.14)

DEALS AND SALES

Ira Sachs’ LOVE IS STRANGE has been picked up by Pretty Pictures for French distribution. The film stars John Lithgow and Kelly Reilly and centers on a married couple whose relationship is strained when one of their uncles moves in with them. Sachs is repped by .

Fox Searchlight has secured rights for the U.S. and various overseas territories for the film CALVARY. The film, written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, stars Brendan Gleeson as a priest who is told by a man that he will be killed in one week because he has never done anything wrong. McDonagh is repped by .

THE SKELETON TWINS has been picked up by Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions for domestic, with Sony taking international territories. The film, directed by Craig Johnson, stars Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader as estranged twins who reunite after they both cheat death on the same day.

The documentary SEPIDEH – REACHING FOR THE STARS has been picked up by Madman for Australia and Moving Turtle for the Middle East. The film, directed by Berit Madsen, centers on a young girl who desperately hopes to one day be an astronaut, despite her family’s wishes.

ATTACHMENTS

Bruce Willis has signed on to star in VICE alongside Ambyr Childers. Pitched as “Westworld” meets “Grand Theft Auto”, revolves around Vegas of the future where an immersive experience lets the 1% live out their darkest fantasies in a resort populated by lifelike artificials. Jeremy Passmore and Andre Fabrizio wrote the on spec. Willis is repped by .

(01.22.14)

DEALS AND SALES

LAND HO! has been picked up by Classics for domestic distribution. The film centers on two ex-brothers-in-law who decide to reclaim their youth by trekking across Iceland, stopping at trendy spas and nightclubs along the way. It was written and directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, who are repped by .

The Weinstein Co. and Netflix are both interested in picking up FED UP, which centers on child obesity and the government’s involvement in the issue. Weinstein and Netflix are eying the project after CNN films passed. Stephanie Soechtig directed the documentary.

GOD’S POCKET has been picked up by Electric Entertainment for international distribution. The film centers on a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson. The project marks John Slattery’s directorial debut. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christina Hendricks, John Turturro and Caleb Landry Jones star. Slattery is repped by Gersh.

A24 has purchased domestic rights to A MOST VIOLENT YEAR from Participant Media. The film stars Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac and centers on an immigrant in trying to make a living for himself and his family, while also colliding with the crime in the area. -repped J.C. Chandor wrote the project and will direct.

IFC has a $2 million deal in place for North American rights to COLD IN JULY. In the film, Michael C. Hall plays a man who kills a burglar in self-defense, prompting the burglar’s father to vow vengeance. Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw also star, with Jim Mickle directing.

DEAD SNOW: RED VS. DEAD, the sequel to the horror zom-com “Dead Snow” has been picked up by USA Entertainment for domestic rights. Written by Stig Frode Henriksen, Vegar Hoel and Tommy Wirkola and directed by Wirkola, the film centers on a small group of people that stands in the way of a squad of nazi zombies and the destruction of Norway. Wirkola is repped by .

(01.23.14)

DEALS AND SALES

Radius-TWC has picked up THE ONE I LOVE for worldwide distribution. Charlie McDowell directed the film, which glances at a young couple with marital problems that decide to see a therapist. McDowell is repped by ICM.

Magnolia is looking to snag domestic rights to FRANK. The offbeat film centers on a young Englishman who joins a quirky band as a keyboard player, idolizing the band’s highly eccentric, utterly fascinating leader, but must grapple with the fact that he’s an ordinary musician whose real lies in marketing. Lenny Abrahamson () directed the film.

LOVE IS STRANGE is being picked up Classics for distribution. The film, starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Kelly Reilly centers on a gay couple who must move in with a cousin and two other gay men respectively when one of them gets fired and they can’t afford their rent. -repped Ira Sachs directed the film.

Sundance Channel has picked up international rights for THE DISOBEDIENT, LIAR’S DICE, MEMPHIS, THIS MAY BE THE LAST TIME, DRUNKTOWN’S FINEST and TO KILL A MAN.

(01.24.14)

DEALS AND SALES

After circling the project, Magnolia has officially picked up for North American distribution. The offbeat film centers on a young Englishman who joins a quirky band as a keyboard player, idolizing the band’s highly eccentric, utterly fascinating leader, but must grapple with the fact that he’s an ordinary musician whose real lies in marketing. Lenny Abrahamson () directed the film.

A24 is close to picking up the U.S. rights to horror-comedy LIFE AFTER BETH. wrote and directed the film, which centers on young man who struggles to continue his relationship with his girlfriend Beth after she resurrects from the dead. Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly and Dane DeHaan star. The deal will come out to around $3.5 million dollars.

Classics is officially picking up LOVE IS STRANGE. The film, starring John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Kelly Reilly centers on a gay couple who must move in with a cousin and two other gay men respectively when one of them gets fired and they can’t afford their rent. -repped Ira Sachs directed the film.

ATTACHMENTS

Justin Lin will produce a narrative adaptation of the documentary THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL. The film chronicles the of the late Bing Russell, who in 1973 created the only independent baseball team in America at the time, the Portland Mavericks. Chapman Way and Maclain Way directed the doc, while is in talks to write and produce the narrative. He is repped by .

AWARDS

has been given the Sundance Institute/NHK Award. The honor recognizes up-and-coming filmmakers and in this case will help Rosenberg develop his upcoming film AD INEXPLORATA.

(01.27.14)

SALES AND DEALS

RADIUS-TWC is officially picking up FED UP, which centers on child obesity and the government’s involvement in the issue. Weinstein, Netflix and CNN Films were all previously in contention. Stephanie Soechtig directed the documentary.

, which has been scaring audiences throughout Sundance, has been snagged by IFC Midnight. wrote and directed the pic, which centers on a woman who must defend herself and her child from a entity lurking in their house after her husband dies. IFC will hold U.S. and Latin American rights to the film.

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