As the 2013 Sundance Film Festival winds down to a close, a few more high profile acquisitions are taking place.
- Before Midnight – Director Richard Linklater’s simply incredible sequel to Before Sunrise and Before Sunset earned rave reviews following its premiere at the festival, and now Deadline reports that Sony Pictures Classics is making the acquisition in what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest deals of Sundance. Read Matt’s review here.
- Prince Avalanche – Director David Gordon Green’s refreshingly subdued and touching tiny-budget comedy starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch also earned great reviews, and Magnolia Pictures has acquired distribution rights for a summer 2013 release. Read Matt’s review here.
- Ain’t Them Bodies Saints – This Casey Affleck/Rooney Mara period crime film has earned comparisons to the work of Terrence Malick, and IFC Films has nabbed the U.S. rights for a multi-platform release later this year, per Deadline. Look for an awards season push.
- S-VHS – This horror anthology sequel earned better reviews that its predecessor, and Variety reports that Magnolia Pictures (who distributed the first film) has acquired the rights to release this pic as well.
Hit the jump to read the press releases and for images.
We’ve got a few acquisition stories regarding films screening at the Toronton Film Festival to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the comedy Imogene, which stars Kristen Wiig, Annette Bening, Matt Dillon and Darren Criss.
- Lionsgate also picked up the sex addict dramedy Thanks for Sharing starring Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Tim Robbins, directed by The Kids Are All Right scribe Stuart Blumberg.
- Roadside Attractions has acquired the U.S. rights to Sarah Polley’s (Take This Waltz) much buzzed-about documentary Stories We Tell.
- IFC Films picked up director Neil Jordan’s (Interview with the Vampire) vampire drama Byzantium, starring Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan.
Hit the jump for more details.
Though it’s certainly one of the more high profile indie projects to come along in quite some time, the first feature film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal tome On the Road has only now secured domestic distribution. IFC Films and Sundance Selects have acquired the distribution rights to director Walter Salles’ adaptation, with a theatrical release planned for sometime this fall. Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley front the all-star cast that also includes Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, and Elizabeth Moss.
I was a big fan of the first trailer, so I’m eager to check the full film out later this year. On the Road will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next week, so we’ll have the first reactions/reviews soon. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the film.
Sales out of the Toronto International Film Festival started slow, but the market is picking up. As evidence, I present news of three new acquisitions. IFC Films will leave Toronto with at least a trio of films, now that they’ve added Your Sister’s Sister, 4:44 Last Day on Earth, and The Incident to their upcoming slate. Meanwhile, Oscilloscope entered the game with a high-profile acquisition: Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights.
Hit the jump for more on each film, including cast and synopses.
New posters have been released for two upcoming films: Super and Winnie the Pooh. Directed by James Gunn (Slither), Super tells the story of an average guy who takes on the persona of “The Crimson Bolt” upon learning that his wife is having an affair. The film stars Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon. IFC is set to release the film on April 1st.
The “bear of little brain” returns to the big screen in Disney’s Winnie the Pooh. Narrated by John Cleese, the 2D “hand-drawn style” animated film follows Pooh, Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga and Roo on an all-new adventure to help Christopher Robin. Winnie the Pooh is slated for a July 15th release. Hit the jump to check out both posters.
Another day at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, another day of acquisitions. A trio of films that premiered as part of Sundance nabbed distributors today. IFC Films and Sony Pictures Worldwide picked up North American rights to the comedy Salvation Boulevard starring Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris, Greg Kinnear and Jim Gaffigan. HBO and Roadside Attractions partnered up to acquire the documentary Project Nim, about an ape learning to communicate. Finally, Dada Films grabbed US theatrical rights to the coal company vs. small community documentary The Last Mountain. Regarding the acquisition of Salvation Boulevard, President of Sundance Selects/IFC Films Jonathan Sebring had this to say:
“George Ratliff takes a big leap forward with this film which, aside from featuring a powerhouse cast in Pierce Brosnan, Marisa Tomei, Greg Kinnear, Ed Harris, Jim Gaffigan and Jennifer Connelly, is a clever and sharp comedy that delivers.”
Hit the jump to read the full press releases for each of the films. Be sure to check out all of our Sundance coverage (including interviews, reviews and acquisitions) here.
Quite a few more acquisitions to report from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival today. Two star-studded films found distributors at the festival, with The Weinstein Company picking up worldwide rights to the dark comedy The Details starring Tobey Maguire and Elizabeth Banks, and Magnolia Pictures grabbing the US rights to the polarizingly dark drama I Melt With You starring Rob Lowe, Thomas Jane and Jeremy Piven. IFC Films acquired North American rights to the Ewan McGregor and Eva Green romantic thriller Perfect Sense, Sony Pictures Classics acquired the action comedy The Guard starring Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson, and Fox Searchlight snatched up the sci-fi drama Another Earth starring William Mapother and Brit Marling. Magnolia SVP Tom Quinn had this to say about acquiring I Melt With You:
“Mark Pellington has made a maverick, stylish and powerful film that resonates for days after viewing. Thomas Jane, Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven and Christian McKay give some of the best performances of their entire careers and attention must be paid.”
Hit the jump to read the full press releases of all of the aforementioned films. Be sure to check out all of our Sundance coverage (including interviews, reviews and acquisitions) here.
Quite a few more acquisitions were made at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival today. Fox Searchlight picked up most of the worldwide rights to Homework starring Freddie Highmore and Emma Roberts, and the worldwide rights to Martha Marcy May Marlene starring breakout Sundance star (and sister to Mary-Kate and Ashley) Elizabeth Olsen. IFC Films acquired the U.S. rights to Matthew Chapman’s thriller The Ledge starring Liv Tyler, Patrick Wilson and Terrence Howard. Regarding the acquisition, Chapman had this to say:
“Having watched THE LEDGE play to audiences in Sundance and seeing their reactions, I believe that with the help of IFC Films we will reach the widest audience possible, which was always my intention.”
On the documentary side of things, Sundance Selects grabbed the North American rights to the Buck, a documentary about the real life “Horse Whisperer” Buck Brannaman. Hit the jump to read the full press releases.
If you couldn’t get enough of that good ass-to-mouth action provided by the not-for-the-sequemish-like-myself horror film The Human Centipede, then don’t worry. Production is currently underway on the sequel and now a teaser trailer for The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence) has been released. It doesn’t show any footage, but it does have writer-director Tom Six promising that the new film will somehow be sicker than the first. How sick? The centipede is expanding from to twelve people. It’s one of those cases where quantity is quality.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser trailer and a press release from IFC Films announcing their acquisition of the rights. I’ve also included Daniel Tosh’s hilarious 24-minute recap of the entire first movie. The Human Centipede Part 2 (Full Sequence) is set for release in 2011.
A few more acquisitions from TIFF to report since the last couple times we checked in. Per THR:
- Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions teamed to buy the Dan Rush’s Everything Must Go, starring Will Ferrell
- IFC Films added Barry W. Blaustein’s Peep World, which centers on a dysfunctional family gathering, to its TIFF collection
- Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up Kelly Reichard’s Meek’s Cutoff, starring Michelle Williams and Bruce Greenwood
Hit the jump for synopses and official press releases.
Yesterday, we reported on the acquisitions of Beautiful Boy, The Conspirator, Submarine, and Insidious at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Today, we have three more purchases to report. First up, The Wrap is reporting that Lionsgate has picked up the drama Rabbit Hole, which stars Nicole Kidman as a mother grieving over the loss of her child. The studio plans to release it before the end of the year as Kidman is receiving heavy awards buzz for her performance. Next, there’s Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin That I Inhabit, which hasn’t started filming yet, but Sony Pictures Classics now owns the North American distribution rights. The film stars Antonio Banderas as a father avenging the death of his daughter. Finally, IFC Films has purchased Unauthorized: The Harvey Weinstein Project. The documentary is billed as a “powerful, uncensored, no-holds-barred account” biopic of the Hollywood mogul. Hit the jump for more on each film.
In their second major deal at Toronto, IFC Films has purchased the theatrical rights to Werner Herzog’s 3D documentary Caves of Forgotten Dreams. The deal is reportedly in the six-figure range and is set to close today. The History Channel had previously picked up television rights to the film. IFC made headlines earlier with the purchase of superhero actioner Super for seven figures. Caves documents the 35,000-year-old paintings at the Chauvet Pont d’Arc Caves in southern France, which are the oldest known example of human artistic expression. Clips of Herzog talking about the caves and the film, plus the full press release, after the jump.
Less than 48 hours after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s (Slither) Super has found its distributor. IFC Films has paid seven figures to secure the U.S. rights to Gunn’s everyman take on the superhero archetype. While IFC normally pays less for its deals, they apparently faced some stiff competition for the film from potential buyers such as Magnolia.
Super stars Rainn Wilson as an “average guy” who takes on the persona of “The Crimson Bolt” upon learning that his wife is having an affair. Starring alongside Wilson are Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. To learn more about Super, check out Steve’s video blog/review of the film which he recorded shortly after its Toronto premiere.
[Update: You can now check out the official press release after the jump.]
Eight years have passed since Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible ruffled feathers with its controversially graphic rape scene. The French filmmaker unleashed his feature-length follow-up Enter the Void at Cannes last year — where it earned both hyperbolic raves and critical drubbings — and it’s just now making its way to American shores thanks to IFC Films. The arthouse studio has released the first domestic trailer online; you can check it out after the jump, but only if you promise not to operate heavy machinery for at least an hour.
Dr. Julian Bashir logged some serious travel as the chief medical officer of space station Deep Space Nine and the USS Defiant. The man who played the good doctor for seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Alexander Siddig, has collected a huge stash of frequent flier miles on his own, lately.
Collider caught up with Siddig during his worldwide tour to promote Cairo Time which opened this past weekend in limited release to the highest per theater average ($62,250 at five frequently sold-out locations for a $12,450 per screen) of any film in release over the frame. Hit the jump for the audio and transcript of the interview and for all things Deep Space Nine, his controversial new film Miral with Freida Pinto and director Julian Schnabel and whether he’s been approached about taking part in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek sequel.