Sundance in 60 Seconds: 'Simon Killer' Nears Deal; ‘The Pact,’ ‘Wish You Were Here,’ and ‘How to Survive a Plague’ Picked Up; Spike Lee’s Co-Writer Speaks Up

Sundance in 60 Seconds: 'Simon Killer' Nears Deal; ‘The Pact,’ ‘Wish You Were Here,’ and ‘How to Survive a Plague’ Picked Up; Spike Lee’s Co-Writer Speaks Up

Jan 27, 2012

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Distribution Deals: “With many of the biggest buyers heading home with depleted wallets,” says Anne Thompson at Thompson on Hollywood, “smaller deals are playing out.” Those include:

Simon Killer. A psychological drama (pictured above). IFC is in final negotiations.

The Pact. A horror film. IFC Midnight acquired.

Chasing Ice. A documentary about a nature photographer. National Geographic Channel purchased TV rights.

How to Survive a Plague. A documentary about the uphill struggle to push pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to combat AIDS. Sundance Selects acquired North American rights. (Thompson on Hollywood)

Wish You Were Here. A psychological thriller from Australia, starring Joel Edgerton. Entertainment One plans a fall release in the U.S. and Canada. (Indiewire)

Spike Sparks Controversy: Spike Lee’s new film, Red Hook Summer, has sparked no little discussion this week, as did his charged post-screening Q&A. Yesterday, James McBride, who co-wrote the script with Lee, published an open letter that has generated additional discussion and commentary, especially since it discusses the issue of Hollywood's treatment of African-Americans, and how Lee has been treated compared to George Lucas (and Red Tails); the entire is given a good overview at Shadow and Act.

Twitter Talk: As always, social media provides allows for spontaneous, yet often well-chosen tidbits of news, opinions, and commentary, capturing the esssence of the Sundance Film Festival. Here's a curated selection.

"Anyone w/even the slightest interest in decoding images will enjoy the wacky, wonderful ROOM 237. Most fun I've had all ." @JustinCChang (Justin Chang, film critic)

"Most audience walk-outs we've seen yet at for contentious arthouser The Comedy. Not undeserved, either..." @Total Film

"YOUR SISTER'S SISTER: warm, funny, smart, low-key, great work by Mark Duplass, Emily Blunt, and Rosemarie Dewitt." @ericdsnider (Eric D. Snider, film critic, bon vivant)

"Parker Posey to @HitRecordJoe- "I'm sorry but [500 Days of Summer] is not an independent movie." ." @MarlowNYC (Marlow Stern) [@HitRecordJoe is Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor)

"The Pact at is an intelligent, original horror flick that packs lots of shock and kept me on edge throughout. Scary." @RoyHotPower (Steven Hartline)

"I AM NOT A HIPSTER: a slightly heartfelt story surrounded by too many of the stereotypes it claims not to be." @allisonloring (Allison Loring, film critic)

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