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Amazon Studios Acquires Alan Ball’s ‘Uncle Frank’

Sundance 2020: This is the distributor’s second acquisition out of the festival

Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to “Uncle Frank” following its premiere on Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Alan Ball wrote and directed the film, which stars Paul Bettany as an esteemed literature professor at NYU where his teenage niece (Sophia Lillis) enrolls in 1973 and discovers that he has been hiding his relationship with his longtime partner, Wally (Peter Macdissi).

After the sudden death of surly patriarch Mac (Stephen Root), Frank reluctantly returns home for the funeral with Beth and Wally in tow. Along the way, he’s forced to reckon with the ghosts of the past and finally face his family.

The film, which follows the trio’s road-trip journey from the bohemian scene of post-Stonewall New York City to rural South Carolina, also stars Judy Greer, Steve Zahn, Lois Smith, Margo Martindale and Lois Smith.

Ball produced along with Macdissi, Michael Costigan, Jay Van Hoy, Stephanie Meurer and Bill Block. UTA Independent repped the filmmakers in the deal.

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