Deal or no deal?
While the 2019 Sundance Film Festival may have concluded last Sunday, many of the films featured in the festival are just beginning their "lives" post-Utah. Whether via another festival (SXSW is just around the corner!) or theatrical and home distribution, a number of this year's selections have already been scooped up and purchased by film distributors looking to further the reach of a particular title.
As first reported by Variety (and compiled by New York Magazine's Vulture and updated by No Film School), there were quite a number of buys at this year's festival, some for lucrative amounts reaching the astronomical $15 million price point.
While more will be purchased in the weeks ahead, below is a list of the films that currently have a home. We hold out hope for the likes of Light From Light, Ms. Purple, Pahokee, Premature, and other features whose awareness is just beginning to prosper and will eventually lead to a solid landing spot.
The Souvenir — dir. Joanna Hogg — undisclosed
The Farewell — dir. Lulu Wang — $6 million
Late Night — dir. Nisha Ganatra — $13 million
The Report — dir. Scott Burns — $14 million
Brittany Runs a Marathon — dir. Paul Downs Colaizzo — $14 million
Honey Boy — dir. Alma Ha’rel — $5 million
One Child Nation — dir. Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang — “high six figures”
Hala — dir. Minhal Baig — undisclosed
Merata: How Mum Decolonised the Screen — dir. Hepi Mita — undisclosed
The Tomorrow Man — dir. Noble Jones — “an eight-figure deal”
Lavender — dir. Matthew Puccini — undisclosed
Native Son — dir. Rashid Johnson — undisclosed
Share — dir. Pippa Bianco — a “seven-figure deal” (in association with A24)
Ask Dr. Ruth — dir. Ryan White — undisclosed
The Nightingale — dir. Jennifer Kent — undisclosed
Official Secrets — dir. Gavin Hood — “in the $2 million range”
The Mountain — dir. Rick Alverson — undisclosed
Anthropocene: The Human Epoch — dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky — undisclosed
The Brink — dir. Alison Klayman — undisclosed
Little Monsters — dir. Abe Forsythe — mid-seven figures (in partnership with Hulu)
The Lodge — dir. Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala — just under $2 million
Monos — dir. Alejandro Landes — undisclosed
Luce — dir. Julius Onah — undisclosed (in association with Topic Studios)
Delhi Crime Story — dir. Richie Mehta — undisclosed
American Factory — dir. Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert — undisclosed
Knock Down the House — dir. Rachel Lears — undisclosed
Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile — dir. Joe Berlinger — $9 million
Blinded by the Light — dir. Gurinder Chadha — $15 million
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men — dir. Sacha Jenkins —undisclosed
Sony Pictures Classics:
David Crosby: Remember My Name — dir. AJ Eaton — “low seven figures”
Where’s My Roy Cohn — dir. Matt Tyrnauer — undisclosed
For more, see our ongoing list of coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
No Film School's podcast and editorial coverage of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by Blackmagic Design.