Sony Acquires Rights to Sundance Hit ‘Animal Kingdom’

Australian crime drama from first-time director David Michôd

Last Updated: February 18, 2010 @ 8:01 AM

Sony Pictures Classics announced on Thursday that it has acquired the rights to Sundance hit “Animal Kingdom” in the U.S. and Latin America.

The Australian crime drama — from first-time director David Michôd and starring Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Guy Pearce — won the 2010 Sundance World Cinema Jury Prize.

It was produced by Liz Watts with production company Porchlight Films.

The deal was negotiated by Rena Ronson of UTA’s Independent Film Group which represented North American rights on behalf of the producers, and E1 Entertainment acting as the international sales agent.

“There is nothing more exciting than the birth of a major filmmaker,” Sony Pictures said in a statement. “David Michôd is about as major as they come.”

[Photo: Joel Edgerton in Animal Kingdom, courtesy of Sony]