The acquisitions flew fast and furious at Sundance on Wednesday, with no less than five festival titles nabbing distributors in a flurry of Park City dealmaking. Among the lucky films were Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's porn drama "Lovelace" starring Amanda Seyfried and "Prince Avalanche," a new comedy from "Pineapple Express" writer/director David Gordon Green starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch. See below for a full roundup.
- "Prince Avalanche" (review): The latest from "Pineapple Express" and "All the Real Girls" writer/director David Gordon Green has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures, who are eyeing a Summer 2013 release for the quirky comedy. The film, which was loosely adapted from the Icelandic movie "Either Way," stars Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd as road workers who form an unlikely bond while painting traffic lines on a rural highway. It features a score by Texas post-rockers Explosions in the Sky.
- "Lovelace" (review): The porn biopic from Oscar-winning documentary directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman ("Howl," "The Celluloid Closet") - who helmed from a script by Andy Bellin - was picked up by The Weinstein Co.'s multi-platform label Radius-TWC for a reported $3 million. Starring Amanda Seyfried as infamous "Deep Throat" star Linda Lovelace, the film boasts a stellar supporting cast including Peter Sarsgaard, Juno Temple, Hank Azaria, Wes Bentley, Adam Brody, Bobby Canavale, James Franco, Debi Mazar, Sharon Stone, Chloe Sevigny, and Chris Noth (phew!). Radius-TWC is looking to give the film a mixed theatrical-VOD release in the fall.
- "Inequality For All" (review): Radius-TWC also nabbed this Jacob Kornbluth-directed documentary that focuses on former Clinton Labor Secretary and economic specialist Robert Reich, who highlights the widening income inequality in the U.S. Radius-TWC is planning to distribute sometime this summer.
- "Two Mothers": The racy drama about two best friends (Naomi Watts and Robin Wright) who embark on passionate affairs with one another's hunky sons (Xavier Samuel and James Frecheville) has become the very first acquisition for new distributor Exclusive Releasing. The film was directed by Anne Fontaine ("Coco Before Chanel") from a script by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton ("Atonement," "A Dangerous Method"), who adapted from Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing's short story "The Grandmothers."
- "We Are What We Are" (review): Horror film centering on a family of cannibals was picked up by eOne for a price in the low seven-figures, according to reports. Directed by Jim Mickle ("Stake Land") and starring Ambyr Childers, Bill Sage, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell and Kelly McGillis, the film is being eyed as a platform release.
Stay tuned for more updates from Park City as they develop.
The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs through January 27.