Sundance Awards: ‘Whiplash’ & ‘Rich Hill’ Win Grand Jury Prizes; Dramatic Directing Goes To Cutter Hodierne For ‘Fishing Without Nets’
It was the first major deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and tonight Whiplash was the big winner at the fest's Awards Ceremony. The Damien Chazelle-directed film about a young drummer, played by Miles Teller, and his demanding teacher, played by JK Simmons, took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury prize and the Audience Award. “This is awesome, thanks so much,” said Chazelle accepting the pic's Audience Award earlier in the evening. Little did he know the fest hit… Read
Sundance: RADIUS-TWC Buys Katie Couric-Narrated Docu ‘Fed Up’
EXCLUSIVE: In a deal that is closing right before the conclusion of the Sundance Film Festival, RADIUS-TWC is acquiring worldwide distribution rights to Fed Up, the Katie Couric-narrated documentary about the alarming and rising rate of obese children in America. Several distributors chased the film, because of its hot button topic that is similar to the embraceable issue examined in Bully. I've heard the deal was near $2 million.
Fed Up was directed by Stephanie… Read
Sundance: IFC Midnight Acquires Bedtime Horror ‘The Babadook’
Sundance buzz title The Babadook has been acquired by IFC Midnight, which snagged U.S. and Latin America rights to the chiller from Aussie newcomer Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis stars in the pic as a widowed single mother who connects with her troubled son (then six-year-old Noah Wiseman) by reading a bedtime storybook that unleashes a shadowy monster in their home. Kent wrote and directed the Sundance Midnighter selection which also stars Daniel Henshall, Hayley… Read
Sundance: A24 Nearing Domestic Deal On ‘Life After Beth’
EXCLUSIVE: A24 is hot on the trail of its third film acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival. I'm hearing the label is near a deal for U.S. rights to Life After Beth, a Jeff Baena-written and -directed comedy that stars Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Dane DeHaan, Paul Reiser, and Anna Kendrick. This is going down as part of a deal for international territories that will bring the price to around $3.5 million for all the deals. It includes a DirectTV component that is… Read
UPDATE: Magnolia Confirms Domestic Deal At Sundance For ‘Frank,’ The One That Has Michael Fassbender Wearing The Giant Head
UPDATE, 3:16 PM: Magnolia Pictures has confirmed news that Deadline broke yesterday: It has acquired North American rights to Frank, starring Michael Fassbender. Read the full release below the original story.
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, THURSDAY AM: Magnolia is zeroing in on a low seven-figure domestic deal for Frank, the Lenny Abrahamson-directed film about a band that is led by an eclectic genius lead singer who, everywhere he goes, wears an oversized head, even on stage. Now… Read
Sony Pictures Classics Confirms Deal For Sundance Pic ‘Love Is Strange’
UPDATE, 2:58 PM: Sony Pictures Classics has confirmed Deadline's report from yesterday, acquiring Ira Sachs' Sundance pic Love Is Strange for North America, Germany and Scandinavia. Read the release below after the original story.
PREVIOUS, THURSDAY AM: Sony Pictures Classics is acquiring Love Is Strange, the film scripted and directed by Ira Sachs that stars Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, Marisa Tomei, Cheyenne Jackson, Darren Burrows and Charlie Tahan. The timely film is… Read
Sundance: Todd Field Eyeing Adaptation Of ‘Battered Bastards Of Baseball’ Docu
The wild tale of the Portland Mavericks looks to be coming to the big screen via one of its former employees. Little Children director and former Mavericks batboy Todd Field is in talks to direct and write an adaptation of the documentary The Battered Bastards Of Baseball, I've learned. Helmed by Chapman Way and Maclain Way and featuring multiple appearances by their uncle and former Maverick himself Kurt Russell, the docu launched in the Documentary Premiere section of… Read
Sundance Institute/NHK Award Goes To Mark Rosenberg
Mark Rosenberg, director of the upcoming film Ad Inexplorata, is the winner of this year's Sundance Institute/NHK Award. The annual award recognizes and supports a visionary filmmaker on his or her next film. Sundance Institute staff work closely with the winner throughout the year, providing creative and strategic support through the development, financing and production of their films. Ad Inexplorata is a multi-media fictional story about Captain William D. Stanaforth… Read
Sundance: Radius-TWC Acquires ‘The One I Love’
BREAKING: The Weinstein Company is on the board with a Sundance acquisition, and it was the company's multi-platform arm Radius-TWC that made the deal. Tom Quinn and Jason Janego's division acquired worldwide rights to the Charlie McDowell-directed The One I Love for around $2 million, in a deal that happened 24 hours after the film debuted. The pic stars Mark Duplass, Elisabeth Moss and Ted Danson and is about a couple with a crumbling marriage that escapes for the… Read
Hot Sundance Clip: ‘52 Tuesdays’
EXCLUSIVE: Richard Linklater isn't the only filmmaker at Sundance to film a movie over the course of an extraordinarily long span of time. Australian helmer Sophie Hyde shot World competition drama 52 Tuesdays, about a teenager (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) adjusting as her mother (Del Herbert-Jane) begins a gender transition, over the course of a year. The characters' time together becomes limited to once a week, on Tuesdays – which is also how Hyde and her crew shot the film… Read
Sundance: IFC Acquiring Jim Mickle-Directed ‘Cold In July’
UPDATE: IFC has confirmed Deadline's scoop on this deal. Release appears below the original break.
EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 1:00 am PST: It took awhile, but the Sundance deals are now moving faster as the festival heads toward its final weekend. IFC is closing a deal for Cold In July, the Jim Mickle-directed drama that stars Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. I'm hearing the deal is in the vicinity of $2 million for North American rights, with… Read
Sundance: Electric Entertainment Takes Int’l On John Slattery Debut ‘God’s Pocket’
The directorial debut from Mad Men's John Slattery is going global with Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment, which acquired international rights to the Sundance drama following its in-competition premiere last week. Slattery directs Mad Men co-star Christina Hendricks alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, John Turturro, and Caleb Landry Jones in the buzzy film about a man who tries to cover up the accidental death of his stepson in a blue collar neighborhood… Read