Here’s a recap of today’s news from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. We will continue rounding up news as the event goes on.
DEALS AND SALES
After circling the project, Magnolia has officially picked up FRANK 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 talent lies in marketing. Lenny Abrahamson (WME) directed the film.
A24 is close to picking up the U.S. rights to horror-comedy LIFE AFTER BETH. Jeff Baena 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.
Sony Pictures 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. WME-repped Ira Sachs directed the film.
Justin Lin will produce a narrative adaptation of the documentary THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL. The film chronicles the story 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 Todd Field is in talks to write and produce the narrative. He is repped by CAA.