First Big Sundance Sale: Lionsgate Buys Ryan Reynolds' Buried

January 24, 2010


Big news tonight for those who are anxious to see Buried. Variety has confirmed that the first big acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival this year is for Rodrigo Cort├ęs's Buried. Brandon and I were at the world premiere of Buried last night where the film received quite a bit of positive buzz (read Alex's review) after it ended. Buried stars Ryan Reynolds as a a private contractor who is kidnapped in Iraq and buried alive. If you haven't already heard, the entire film takes place inside of a coffin, and despite watching 94 minutes of one guy in a coffin, it's actually an incredible film. Variety says other major sales are in the works as well.

After seeing Buried last night, I tweeted with excitement: "Buried was phenomenal. Best movie of Sundance so far. Absolutely incredible, unbelievable. Someone buy this movie!" Either Lionsgate was listening or they got a taste of the good buzz, because they're very smart picking this up. Buried has the potential to become as big of a hit as Paranormal Activity. Since we've written about Buried a few times before, there's already a lot of public interest, and as long as they market it correctly (as well as the Saw series or Kick-Ass), then it has a chance to really take off. Last year, Lionsgate picked up the Audience Award winner Precious, which is hoping for some Oscars next month. We'll keep you updated on Lionsgate's plans for Buried, stay tuned!

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  • Xerxex
    at least somebody was smart enough to pick it up! So compared to the script did the film version do it justice?
  • troy
    any word on what they paid for it? just curious.
  • nelson
  • Daniel
    Niice. Hopefully they'll have a release date soon.
  • Al
    I was going to make an insulting remark about Lionsgates marketing and then I realized if their is one good thing about the studio it is, infact, the marketing.
  • mcduck
    that's nice al
  • mcduck
    so, i haven't seen the film, but if it's set ENTIRELY in a coffin, doesn't that denote that he dies in the coffin? just sayin'
  • jason
    i read the scripte best ever
  • Do you think claustrophobic people would like this movie? I think I'd be sweating at about the two minute mark.
  • I am curious, does it have any flashback sequences? Or the movie really set in a confined coffin? maybe apart from we can see Ryan Reynolds making a few important calls via cellphone, i think we can see what he manage to peep through the coffin. Claustrophobic people will avoid this like plague, Buried will make the The Descent like LAX!
  • M
    Good news as I am interested in seeing the film. Can't wait for a release date.
  • Dan W
    Nice this is exciting. I really want to see this And Alex I think they were watching your tweets
  • Every review I've seen has been extremely positive, looking forward to this
  • David Banner
    Well, now, one cannot survive in a coffin for 94+mins, maybe 15. So I doubt he is far underground if at all and maybe that is a twist in the film? Anyways, science aside, I'll watch this as soon as I can. Legally.
  • Spider94
    holy shit,im i seeing things or do i see a 10/10 RATING ON IMDB FOR THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh crap if this is true this could be the first movie on imdb to get a 10/10 rating
  • Fisherr
    I want to watch this movie now.
  • scotty
    Have been interested in this this since i first heard about it. Read the script today and thought it was awsome!!! Cant wait to see how it comes across on the big screen!!!




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