As Sundance continues at a-pace, more films are finding buyers and distribution deals for the coming year. ComingSoon.net is reporting that four more films have been purchased and are set to debut in cinemas this year, including a Olympic gymnast comedy, a scary witch chiller and an Australian-set family drama.
The Orchard has announced that it has acquired the distribution rights for the release of The Overnight, starring Adam Scott (Step Brothers), Taylor Schilling (Orange Is The New Black) and Jason Schwartzman (Listen Up Philip).
The film, written and directed by Patrick Brice (Creep), premiered at the festival over the weekend and the deal to acquire the film will see The Orchard distribute the film across the US later this year. It was subject to bids from many different admirers, but Orchard won out with a $4million deal.
Director Brice said, “You bring a movie to Sundance with the desire that maybe a few people will connect with it. The fact that it’s now going to play in theaters across the country is beyond my wildest hopes and dreams. You’ll have to excuse me while I throw up from excitement.”
“We were obsessed with The Overnight from the minute we laid eyes on it,” said The Orchards SVP Film and TV Paul Davidson. “It’s a rare intelligent comedy backed up by an even rarer team of smart, passionate filmmakers. We are thrilled to be a part of it.”
Another debutant over the weekend was the raunchy Olympic comedy The Bronze, which stars The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch, who also co-wrote the film with her husband Winston, and Gary Cole (Office Space) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The Winter Soldier).
Premiering to some good reviews, with particular comments on the film’s supposedly outrageous sex scene, Relativity Media has paid $3 million to acquire the distribution rights for the film. Rauch stars as a former Olympic gymnast Hope Anne Greggory whose consistent injuries damage her career, which nosedives into sex and drug-addiction. That is until an upcoming gymnast (Haley Lu Richardson) asks Greggory to be her coach.
This 1630 New England-set thriller The Witch is directed by Robert Eggers. Already dubbed the “most terrifying film at Sundance” by IndieWire, A24 Productions have paid $1.5 million for its distribution rights, as well as VOD release through DirectTV. The film tells the story of a hard-up Christian couple with five children who soon turn on each other.
Alchemy Films have picked up drama Strangerland, which stars Nicole Kidman (Paddington), Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare In Love), and Hugo Weaving (The Matrix), for around $1.5 million for the US distribution rights of the Australian film. The film follows two parents (Kidman and Fiennes) dealing with the disappearance of their two teenaged sons.