2017 Sundance Film Festival Day 4: Netflix Acquires Jessica Williams Rom-Com; Studios Play Patti Cake$
Hot on the heels of The Big Sick‘s big payday, Day 4 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival found studios bidding over another potential breakout film. Read on to learn which films studios are digging deep into their pockets to buy.
• The buzzy suburban rap comedy Patti Cake$ has inspired a bidding war between several studios. Danielle Macdonald, who stars as the titular aspiring Jersey rapper, is looking to become one of the breakout stars of the 2017 festival.
• The AV Club raves about A Ghost Story, writer/director David Lowery’s lyrical haunted house movie starring Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara.
• Variety takes a look at Brigsby Bear, an offbeat comedy from the mind of SNL‘s Kyle Mooney.
• Deadline talked to civil rights leader Dolores Huerta about Dolores, the documentary based on her life from Carlos Santana and Benjamin Bratt.
• Netflix has acquired The Incredible Jessica James, a modern romantic comedy starring Jessica Williams (The Daily Show) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids). The streaming service snapped up worldwide rights to the film ahead of its premiere at the festival.
• Indiewire reports on the winners of the Horizon Award, which offers a cash prize and mentorship opportunities for emerging filmmakers.
• The Verge reveals that Netflix has also purchased the documentary Nobody Speak: Hulk Hogan, Gawker and Trials of a Free Press.
• The Wrap says the indie rom-com L.A. Times provides a different look at “La La Land.”
• To the Bone writer/director Marti Noxon shared her Sundance photo diary with Entertainment Weekly.
• Universal/Blumhouse held a secret screening of Get Out, the upcoming horror film from Key and Peele star Jordan Peele.