A (fairly) complete Sundance 2012 acquisitions list
In our last distribution round-up, we compared the acquisition market at Sundance ’12 to a domino rally. Now, on the last day of the festival, it looks like that scene in every apocalypse movie where a terrified mob raids a grocery store, with people in a desperate scramble to get whatever they can before the shop closes forever. In three days, at least eleven distribution deals closed, with several more reportedly almost finalized.
The busiest companies at the back end of the fest were Magnolia and IFC Films, which scooped up three films each. Magnolia walked away with Ry Russo-Young’s NOBODY WALKS starring John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, Julie Delpy’s 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK starring Chris Rock, and Craig Zobel’s COMPLIANCE whose depiction of a young woman’s abuse and humiliation at the hands of her boss earned it the title of Sundance 12′s most controversial title. Meanwhile IFC made pacts with Nicholas McCarthy for his film THE PACT, Antonio Campos for his AFTERSCHOOL follow-up SIMON KILLER, and David France for his very well-received documentary HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE.
Smaller distributors got into the act as well. ATO Pictures picked up the spy thriller SHADOW DANCER from MAN ON WIRE and PROJECT NIM director James Marsh. Entertainment One snagged the opening night selection WISH YOU WERE HERE starring WARRIOR’s Joel Edgerton. Ice-T’s hip hop history SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP went to Indomnia, who are supposedly planning a summer 2012 release. THE COMEDY starring Tim and Eric from TIM AND ERIC went to Rough House Pictures. And two companies, Participant Media and AFFRM, teamed to acquire MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which won the Best Directing prize in this year’s U.S. Dramatic Competition.
That’s all for the moment (thank God) — though there are still more deals in the works (Deadline reports, for example, that The Weinstein Company is close to acquiring the Bruce Willis gambling comedy LAY THE FAVORITE). As of this moment — Sunday, January 29 at 3:00pm eastern time — the following is a complete list of Sundance ’12 acquisitions. It doesn’t include deals for foreign or television rights (like CHASING ICE going to National Geographic Channel, or HBO buying the remake rights for INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE). Other than that, it should have everything.
A (Fairly) Complete Sundance ’12 Acquisitions List
2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, directed by Julie Delpy (Magnolia)
ARBITRAGE, directed by Nicholas Jarecki (Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions)
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, directed by Benh Zeitlin (Fox Searchlight)
BLACK ROCK, directed by Katie Aselton (LD Entertainment)
CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER, directed by Lee Toland Krieger (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE COMEDY, directed by Rick Alverson (Rough House)
COMPLIANCE, directed by Craig Zobel (Magnolia)
FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL…, directed by Jamie Travis (Focus)
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE, directed by David France (Sundance Selects)
LIBERAL ARTS, directed by Josh Radnor (IFC Films)
MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, directed by Ava DuVernay (Participant/AFFRM)
NOBODY WALKS, directed by Ry Russo-Young (Magnolia)
THE PACT, directed by Nicholas McCarthy (IFC Midnight)
THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES, directed by Lauren Greenfield (Magnolia)
RED LIGHTS, directed by Rodrigo Cortés (Millenium)
ROBOT AND FRANK, directed by Jake Schreier (Sony/Samuel Goldwyn)
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, directed by Malik Bendjelloul (Sony Pictures Classics)
SHADOW DANCER, directed by James Marsh (ATO)
SIMON KILLER, directed by Antonio Campos (IFC Films)
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP, directed by Ice-T (Indomina)
THE SURROGATE, directed by Ben Lewin (Fox Searchlight)
V/H/S, directed by Adam Wingard, et. al. (Magnolia)
WISH YOU WERE HERE, directed by Kieran Darcy-Smith (Entertainment One)
THE WORDS, directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (CBS Films)