Sundance in 60 Seconds: All the 2012 Distribution Deals (So Far), in One Handy List (Updated)

Sundance in 60 Seconds: All the 2012 Distribution Deals (So Far), in One Handy List (Updated)

Jan 31, 2012

 

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Note: More deals will undoubtedly be concluded in the days ahead, but as of … this moment … here’s what we know. (Films are listed alphabetically.)

2 Days in New York: Comedy: With Julie Delpy, Chris Rock. A sequel to 2 Days in Paris, 2 Days in New York features Delpy's French family visiting her and her new boyfriend (Rock) in New York. Hijinks ensue. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures. Release Plans: TBD
 
Arbitrage. Thriller: With: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling. A billionaire hedge manager deseperately tries to sell his business. Distributor: Lionsgate / Roadside Attractions. Release plans: TBD. (Thompson on Hollywood)

Beasts of the Southern Wild. Drama. With: Quvenzhané Wallis and Dwight Henry. A girl and her father, and their life in the backwaters of the southern Delta. Distributor: Fox Searchlight. Release plans: TBD. (Indiewire) (Our review by Erik Davis.)

Black Rock. Thriller. With: Katie Aselton, Kate Bosworth, Lake Bell. Three visitors to an island off the coast of Maine run into trouble in the woods. Distributor: LD Entertainment. Release plans: TBD. (Our conversation with the stars of the film.)

Celeste and Jesse Forever. Comedy. With: Rashida Jones, Ari Graynor, Elijah Wood, Andy Samberg, Emma Roberts. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics. Release plans: TBD. (Thompson on Hollywood) (Our review by Erik Davis.)

Chasing Ice. Documentary. A nature photographer seeks evidence of the Earth's melting ice. Distributor: National Geographic Channel (TV rights). Broadcast plans: TBD. (Thompson on Hollywood) (Our interview with the filmmakers, conducted by Erik Davis.)
 
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Compliance: Drama. With: Ann Dowd, Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Bill Camp. A man posing as a police officer accuses a fast-food worker of stealing. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures. Release plans: TBD
 
For a Good Time, Call...,. Comedy. With: Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller. “A hilariously filthy sex comedy” about college "frenemies" who move back in together. Distributor: Focus Features. Release plans: TBD. (Via press release) (Our review by Erik Davis.)

How to Survive a Plague. Documentary. The uphill struggle to push pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to combat AIDS. Distributor: Sundance Selects. Release plans: TBD. (Thompson on Hollywood)
 
Lay the Favorite. Drama. With: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon. Centers on older guys who try to game the sports betting system in Las Vegas. Distributor: The Weinstein Co. Release plans: TBD

Liberal Arts. Comedy. With: Josh Radnor, Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins, Allison Janney. A 35-year-old man returns to his old college campus and begins to fall for a student. Distributor: IFC Films. Release plans: Theatrical, later this year. (Indiewire)
 
Middle of Nowhere. Drama. With: Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo. A woman drops out of medical school to focus on helping her husband, sentenced to eight years in prison. Distributor: Participant Media / AFFRM. Release plans: Theatrical, later this year. (Deadline)

Nobody Walks. Drama. With: John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt, Justin Kirk, India Ennenga, Dylan McDermott.  An artist from New York moves in with a family in California. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures. Release plans: TBD
 
The Pact. Horror. With: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner. A woman returns home to discover an unsettling presence may be haunting it. Distributor: IFC Midnight. Release plans: TBD. (Thompson on Hollywood)
 
The Queen of Versailles

 
The Queen of Versailles. Documentary. The “riches to rags” tale of time-share billionaires Jackie and David Siegel, whose fortune was affected by the 2008 economic crisis. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures. Release plans: Summer 2012. (Thompson on Hollywood)

Red Lights. Psychological thriller. With: Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Elizabeth Olsen, Toby Jones. A paranormal investigator becomes obsessed with a psychic. Distributor: Millenium Entertainment. Release plans: TBD.  (Variety)

Robot and Frank. Dramatic comedy. With: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Saarsgard. A robot is befriended by a retired jewel thief who is losing his memory. Distributor: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions / Samuel Goldwyn Films. Release plans: TBD. (Indiewire)
 
Safety Not Guaranteed: Comedy. With: Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson. Three misfits attempt to track down a man who claims he can travel through time. Distributor: FilmDistrict. Release plans: TBD

Searching for Sugar Man. Documentary. A rock musician known as Rodriguez, his fade into obscurity, and his audience-pleasing rediscovery. Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics. Release plans: TBD. (Thompson on Hollywood)
 
Shadow Dancer: Drama. With: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Gillian Anderson. A mother tries to protect her family while becoming a mole for British intelligence in Belfast. Distributor: ATO Pictures. Release plans: TBD
 
Simon Killer. Psychological drama. With: Brady Corbet, Mati Diop. A recent college graduate suffering from a breakup with his girlfriend travels to Paris, where he meets a mysterious prostitute. Distributor: IFC Films. Release plans: TBD. (The Wrap)
 
The Surrogate

 
The Surrogate. Drama. With: John Hawkes, Helen Hunt, William H. Macy. A 38-year-old man confined to an iron lung decides to lose his virginity with the help of a sex surrogate. Distributor: Fox Searchlight. Release plans: TBD. (The Hollywood Reporter) (Watch the short that inspired the feature.)

V/H/S. Horror. With: Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Sophia Takal, Kate Lyn Sheil. An anthology created by six filmmakers in the found-footage horror sub-genre. Distributor: Magnolia Pictures. Release plans: Theatrical in the fall, followed by VOD. (Deadline)

Wish You Were Here. Psychological thriller. With: Joel Edgerton, Teresa Palmer. Four Australian friends travel to Cambodia for a quick getaway, but one of them doesn't return. Distributor: Entertainment One. Release plans: Fall 2012. (Indiewire)

The Words. Drama. With: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons. A struggling writer decides to plagiarize the work of another man. Distributor: CBS Films. Release plans: Fall 2012.


REPORTED TO BE IN NEGOTIATIONS, NOT YET FINALIZED

Lay the Favorite
. Comedy / drama. With: Rebecca Hall, Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson, Laura Prepon. Distributor: The Weinstein Company. Release plans: TBD. (Variety)
 
 
 

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