UPDATE, 4:34 PM: A24 has made its deal for the comedy official. Check out the release after the original break.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, 3:54 PM: In the second big deal of the Sundance Film Festival, A24 has acquired Obvious Child. Written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, the film stars Jenny Slate as a Brooklyn comedian who gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the most chaotic Valentine’s Day of her life. The film also stars Jake Lacy, David Cross and Gabby Hoffman. Elisabeth Holm is the producer. WME Global brokered the sale for the movie, which premiered Friday at the Prospector. The deal was for low seven figures.
A24 was expected to be a strong buyer here at Sundance and it hasn’t disappointed. This is its second deal after acquiring the Lynn Shelton-directed Laggies. Hopefully, this will break the logjam for acquisition deals. Several films are in play, including the Midnight title Cooties, which has Lionsgate and several others in hot pursuit.
Park City, UT (January 20, 2014) – A24 has just picked up North American rights to Gillian Robespierre’s groundbreaking debut comedy OBVIOUS CHILD featuring a star-making performance by Jenny Slate. Robespierre also wrote this wickedly funny and incredibly heartfelt comedy. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday and has been building incredible buzz ever since. A24 plans a theatrical release in 2014.
Film was produced by Elisabeth Holm and executive produced by rooks nest entertainment, sundial pictures, votiv films, slate, Robespierre, and David Kaplan.
A24 brokered the deal with WME Global. Slate is also repped by WME.