Amazon Studios has acquired The Report, the drama written and directed by Scott Z. Burns that stars Adam Driver, Annette Benning, Jon Hamm, Ted Levin, Maura Tierney and Michael C. Hall. It tells the true story of Daniel Jones’ exhaustive six-year investigation into the CIA’s use of torture on detainees suspected of terrorist activities. The pic premiered Saturday at Eccles. UTA Independent Film Group and Endeavor Content brokered.
It becomes the second big deal for Amazon, which opened the festival marketplace paying $13 million for Late Night, a festival record for a U.S.-only deal. The Report was $14 million but for worldwide rights. The pic will be released during awards season.
The Report is produced by Steven Soderbergh, Jennifer Fox, Burns, Kerry Orent, Michael Sugar, Danny Gabai and Eddy Moretti. Vice Studios is also a producer along with Unbranded Pictures.
It is one of several titles in hot contention for deals today. Among the others is Blinded By The Light, the coming-of-age film of a Muslim teen that is packed with Bruce Springsteen tunes and premiered last night. Fox Searchlight is said to be among the suitors for that one right now. UPDATE: New Line acquired Blinded by the Light on Monday afternoon.