Here’s a recap of the weekend news from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. We will continue rounding up news as the event goes on.
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 UTA.
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 CAA.
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 TV. Gordon-Levitt is repped by WME.
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. Action maestro Gareth Evans is producing and directing the action sequences. Tjahjanto is repped by WME.
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 WME.
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 UTA.
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 Resolution.
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 CAA.