Tobey Maguire's 'The Details' and Don Cheadle's 'The Guard' both find homes
Two more films found high profile buyers at the Sundance Film Festival today. The most commercially promising of the two pictures is "The Details" starring Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Kerry Washington and an almost unrecognizable Dennis Haysbert.
"Details" premiered Monday night in Park City and in less than 24 hours The Weinstein Company had picked it up. In a statement, Harvey Weinstein said, "“My brother and I saw 'The Details' and knew we had to have it for our 2011 slate. We’re thrilled to be reunited with Tobey Maguire, eleven years after 'The Cider House Rules.'"
Weinstein Company COO David Glasser added, “This deal is a fantastic way to close a day that began with our celebrating 13 Academy Award nominations for 'The King's Speech' and 'Blue Valentine.'"
Director Jacob Aran Estes, best known for his indie thriller "Mean Creak," noted, "To be amongst such a great group of filmmakers at Sundance this year with my new movie was a humbling honor. I grew up admiring movies that Harvey and Bob have championed over their storied careers, and so I couldn't be happier to be working with them on 'The Details.'"
Neither party reported the acquisition price or when Weinstein Company plans on releasing the dark comedy.
The other major buy was John Michael McDonagh's Irish comedy "The Guard." Starring Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle, the buddy flick finds an Irish policieman (Gleeson) teaming up with an FBI agent (Cheadle) to tackle an international drug-smuggling gang. It was yet another pickup for Sony Classics who also acquired Morgan Spurlock's "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" and the Michael Shannon drama "Taking Shelter" earlier in the festival.
The Weinstein Company also aquired "My Idiot Brother" over the weekend.