Sundance Film Festival Deals: PROJECT NIM, CORMAN'S WORLD

The Sundance Film Festival doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but the deal-making action is already heating up. Two more films were snapped up on Tuesday, with A&E picking up Alex Stapleton’s CORMAN’S WORLD: EXPLOITS OF A HOLLYWOOD REBEL and HBO acquiring all domestic rights to James Marsh’s PROJECT NIM, which will premiere at the festival in the World Cinema Documentary Competition. According to Variety, HBO is planning to release PROJECT NIM theatrically before airing it on TV. The film, on which Marsh again teamed up with producer Simon Chinn, with whom he worked on MAN ON WIRE, tells the story of Nim, a chimpanzee who, in the 1970s, was the focus of an experiment aiming to prove that an ape that was raised like a human child could learn to communicate with humans through sign language.

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