Winter is awards season in Hollywood, with distributors and studios pumping out their best films right before the shows that honor the year’s best. This past weekend saw the Producer Guild and Screen Actor’s Guild give out their awards, and distributors already have their eyes on next year’s season at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Some of the films bought at market at Sundance will become next winter’s Oscar darlings, so what movies have been picked up?
Here is a list of all the films purchased so far at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah:
“Me, Earl and the Dying Girl”
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s film about an anti-social high school student who befriends a girl with leukemia was picked up by powerhouse distributor Fox Searchlight for a Sundance record $12 million after an intense bidding war.
“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Sony Pictures Classic bought Marielle Heller’s film based on the acclaimed coming-of-age graphic novel about a girl growing up in 1970s counterculture San Francisco for an amount estimated to be in the low seven figures.
Open Road and Sony both went in for $7 million and a $20 million marketing commitment on Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope,” which tells the story of a geeky kid who dreams of going to Harvard while growing up in gangster-filled Inglewood, California.
“The D Train”
The star power of Jack Black, James Marsden, and recent Golden Globe-winner Jeffrey Tambor made “The D Train” an easy decision for IFC films – which distributed this year’s Oscar frontrunner “Boyhood.” The movie, which tells the story of a former high school geek who forges a friendship with the former popular kid at their high school reunion, cost IFC $3 million.
Alchemy bought Kim Farrant’s “Strangerland,” which stars Nicole Kidman in the story of two kids who go missing in a sandstorm in Australia. The film was purchased for an estimated $1.5 million.
A24 bought Robert Eggers thriller about a colonial family terrorized by a ghostly presence in the woods. The movie was picked up for an estimated $1.5 million.
“Misery Loves Comedy”
Comedian Kevin Pollak’s documentary dissection of comedy, featuring Whoopi Goldberg, Tom Hanks and more, sold to Tribeca Film for an undisclosed amount.
“In Football We Trust”
Relativity Sports bought Tony Vainuku and Erika Cohn’s documentary about football and gang violence for an undisclosed amount.
“The End of the Tour”
James Ponsoldt’s film about author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) and Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) was picked up by A24 for between $2 and $3 million.
Magnolia Pictures purchased Andrew Bujaski’s ensemble comedy about self-improvement for an undisclosed amount.
Showtime Networks bought Kim Longinotto’s film about sex trafficking for an undisclosed amount.
Sam Rockwell and Jemaine Clement star in Jared Hess’ (“Napoleon Dynamite”) new film about an archaeologist and church pastor who forge a phony biblical artifact. The movie sold to Lionsgate for an undisclosed amount.
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