Bill Skarsgard, Bella Thorne Thriller ‘Assassination Nation’ Sells to Neon, Russo Brothers for $10 Million

Sundance 2018: Joe and Anthony Russo’s AGBO production company will team up on acquisition with Neon

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“Assassination Nation,” the Bill Skarsgard/Bella Thorne thriller, has sold to Neon and and AGBO production company for $10 million at the Sundance Film Festival, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

AGBO, launched by Anthony and Joe Russo, acquired the worldwide rights along with Neon. 30West arranged the deal on behalf of the two companies, while Endeavor Content repped the filmmakers.

The film also stars Odessa Young, Suki Waterhouse, Hari Nef, Abra, Colman Domingo, Joel McHale and Anika Noni Rose, and was written and directed by Sam Levinson. Four teenage girls in a quiet town become the focus of worldwide attention when their personal information is leaked by a hacker.

“Assassination Nation” was produced by David S. Goyer, Anita Gou, Kevin Turen, Aaron L. Gilbert, Matthew J. Malek and Manu Gargi, and premiered in the Midnight section of the film festival.

The acquisition price marks the biggest sale of the festival so far. The John Cho/Debra Messing film “Search” told for $5 million on Monday, while Keira Knightley’s “Colette” sold for a lower seven-figure amount. Neon also bought the domestic rights to the police brutality drama “Monsters and Men” on Monday.

Sam Levinson previously wrote and directed 2011’s “Another Happy Day,” which starred Ellen Barkin, Ezra Miller, Demi Moore, Ellen Burstyn and Kate Bosworth. He also starred in the films “Stoic,” “What Just Happened” and Bandits.”

A spokesperson for Endeavor Content did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.