Sundance Film Festival News

A24 has already picked up two of the hottest comedies playing at the Sundance Film Festival: Lynn Shelton's Laggies and Jenny Slate's Obvious Child, and today, they've announced their trifecta by closing a deal for the domestic distribution rights to A Most Violent Year, the next movie from All is Lost and Margin Call director J.C. Chandor.

Chandor has yet to start filming the movie, which will star Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), playing an immigrant and his wife in 1981 New York City whose attempts to grow a business puts them in contact with the city's thriving criminal element.

IFC Films have thrown their hat into the ring with the Sundance Film Festival pick-ups, closing a deal to distribute the Jim Mickle-directed drama Cold in July, based on Joe R. Lansdale's novel and starring Michael C. Hall, Sam Shepard, Don Johnson and Vinessa Shaw. This is following a deal to distribute "Mad Men" star John Slattery's directing debut God's Pocket, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and based on the novel by Pete Dexter.

Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions, and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions each announced today that the respective companies have acquired rights in all territories to Craig Johnson’s drama The Skeleton Twins. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have jointly acquired US rights to the film, while SPWA is taking all worldwide rights outside of the US.

Lionsgate has acquired North American rights to SpectreVision and Glacier Films’ Cooties at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the Company announced today.

Fox Searchlight Pictures Presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula announced today that the company has acquired U.S. rights as well as select international territories to the blackly comedic drama Cavalry.

Written and directed by John Michael McDonagh, Cavalry's ensemble cast includes Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot, Pat Shortt, Gary Lydon, Killian Scott, Orla O'Rourke, Owen Sharpe and David McSavage.

The first clip from director Anton Corbijn's John le Carré adaptation, A Most Wanted Man, is now online and viewable in the player below. The scene, dubbed "The Clock is Ticking," features stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams.

Emmett/Furla Films announcing on Monday at the Sundance Film Festival that Lindsay Lohan has signed to star in and produce the company's psychological thriller Inconceivable. The $5 million movie will start production in March.

Lionsgate's Grindstone will release Inconceivable in New York and Los Angeles before the film heads to VOD and DVD. Lohan will be involved in choosing a director, who should be hired before the end of the month, said the company.

A24 has made their second distribution deal of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, picking up the Jenny Slate comedy Obvious Child for North American distribution.

In the movie, Slate, a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and recurring character on NBC's "Parks and Recreation", plays Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern, who is dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for Valentine's Day. The film also stars Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Polly Draper, Richard Kind and David Cross.

A few years back, director Mike Cahill and actress/writer Brit Marling brought their low-key science fiction movie Another Earth to the Sundance Film Festival where it received rave reviews and standing ovations.

This year, Cahill is back with I Origins, a film he wrote and directed that once again co-stars Marling but also stars Boardwalk Empire's Michael Pitt. Having released all of Marling and Cahill's collaborations thus far, Fox Searchlight are rumored to make a play to distribute I Origins as well.

While tomorrow night's premiere of Gareth Evans' sequel The Raid: Berandal aka The Raid 2 has a lot of people excited at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Evans' frequent Indonesian collaborator Timo Tjahjanto, who co-directed an amazing segment in last year's VHS2 also has a new movie at this year's Sundance Film Festival called Killers.

Distributor RADIUS-TWC seems to be so impressed with that movie enough that they have already pre-bought the North American distribution rights to Tiahjato's next movie called, The Night Comes For Us.

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