Sundance Film Festival
The worldwide distribution rights to Marc Turtletaub’s PUZZLE, starring Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting), has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics just two days after the film’s Sundance Film Festival premiere. Those rights were acquired for a reported $5 million.
Turtletaub’s second feature film as a director after his 2013 directorial debut Gods Behaving Badly, stars Scottish actor Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting, Brave) as a suburban Connecticut housewife who becomes frustrated with her domestic life and takes up the obsessive hobby of solving jigsaw puzzles. She soon meets another puzzle champ played by Irrfan Khan, and the two prepare to take part in a prestigious puzzle-solving competition.
Puzzle was adapted from the Argentine film Rompecabezas by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Oren Moverman (The Messenger), and it co-stars David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams and Liv Hewson.
Turtletaub is somewhat of a Sundance legend, having developed and producedt the critical and commercial hit Little Miss Sunshine, which went on to receive many awards including an Oscar for Michael Brandt’s original screenplay. Turtletaub also produced other Sundance premieres like Our Idiot Brother and Colin Trevorrow’s debut Safety Not Guaranteed.
ICM Partners, who also reps Macdonald, negotiated the deal.
Look for the Tracking Board’s interview with Turtletaub sometime soon.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor