Studios, indie players and deep-pocketed streaming companies compete for 2016’s best films. Here’s who won
Sundance Film Festival
"The Fundamentals of Caring" Sells to NetflixPaul Rudd
and Craig Roberts
struggle with looking after one another in Rob Burnett
's comedy, but Netflix was more than happy to look after the SVOD rights for nearly $7 million.
"Tallulah" Sells to Netflix
Netflix scooped exclusive SVOD rights to Sian Heder's "Tallulah" to the tune of $5 million, which follows Ellen Page
as a nanny gone rogue. An unnamed theatrical partner will release the film in the latter part of 2016.
"Complete Unknown" Sells to AmazonRachel Weisz
and Michael Shannon
seduced Amazon into purchasing U.S. rights to this thriller, in which Weisz plays a mysterious dinner party guest who Shannon swears he's met before. And he may be right. Amazon will seek a theatrical distributor for later in the year.
"Love and Friendship" Sells to Amazon/RoadsideWhit Stillman
's reteaming of Chloe Sevigny
and Kate Beckinsale
goes from the after-hours life of "The Last Days of Disco" to the sidewalks of Jane Austen
in "Love and Friendship" -- which now belongs to Amazon for streaming and Roadside Attractions for theatrical. The partnership comes after the companies worked together on Spike Lee
"Under the Shadow" Sells to NetflixThe Iranian horror film "Under The Shadow" -- which has been compared to "The Babadook" -- had its SVOD rights go to Netflix.
"A Birth of a Nation" Sells to Fox SearchlightFox Searchlight closed a record-breaking deal to acquire worldwide rights to Nate Parker’s “Birth of a Nation” for $17.5 million, which is believed to be the most paid for any film in Sundance history.
"Equity" Sells to Sony Classics
Sony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide rights to “Equity,” a female-driven Wall Street tale starring Anna Gunn
, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner
"Indignation" Sells to Summit
Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment acquired North American rights to James Schamus
‘ directorial debut “Indignation” for $2.5 million. The coming-of-age drama is based on the novel by Philip Roth
about the son of a kosher butcher who leaves his sheltered family life in New Jersey to attend college in Ohio, where he clashes with the dean.
"Morris from America" Sells to A24
A24 acquired domestic rights to Chad Hartigan’s “Morris From America,” which stars Craig Robinson
and newcomer Markees Christmas. The nearly seven-figure deal will fall under A24’s pact with DirecTV, which recently released the company’s Garrett Hedlund
"Manchester by the Sea" Sells to AmazonAmazon has closed a $10 million deal for domestic rights to Kenneth Lonergan’s family drama “Manchester by the Sea,” which garnered rave reviews following its world premiere at the Eccles on Jan. 23.
"Eat That Question" Sells to Sony ClassicsSony Pictures Classics acquired worldwide rights to the documentary “Eat That Question — Frank Zappa In His Own Words,” about the legendary composer-musician. The film is told entirely through archival footage assembled from the performer’s 30-year career in entertainment, including rare TV interviews and performances from around the world.
"The Fits" Sells to Oscilloscope LaboratoriesOscilloscope Laboratories acquired U.S. rights to Anna Rose Holmer’s debut feature “The Fits” from Mongrel International, just days before the film’s Sundance premiere. Oscilloscope will release the film theatrically this summer, when it will first open New York’s new Metrograph theater.