Focus Features to Acquire ‘Thoroughbred’

Sundance 2017: Indie distributor will beat out Netflix and Orchard for title


Focus Features is closing in on acquiring the Olivia Cooke indie “Thoroughbred” after some competitive bidding at the Sundance Film Festival, TheWrap has learned.

The deal is reportedly in the $5 million range for world rights after the film made its premiere on Saturday at the Library Center Theatre and drew interest from buyers that included The Orchard and Netflix.

“Thoroughbred” is written and directed by Cory Finley and stars Olivia Cooke, Anya Taylor-Joy, Paul Sparks, Francie Swift, Kaili Vernoff, and features the final onscreen appearance of Anton Yelchin, who died in a tragic accident last year at age 27.

“Thoroughbred” focuses on two teenage girls in suburban Connecticut who rekindle an unlikely friendship after years of growing apart. In the process, they learn that neither is what she seems to be — and that a murder might solve both of their problems.

The film was produced by Andrew Duncan, Alex Saks, Kevin Walsh, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash.

Executive Producers are Ryan Stowell, Ted Deiker and Declan Baldwin.

WME Global and ICM Partners are negotiating the deal.