First Big Sundance Sale: Lionsgate Buys Ryan Reynolds' Buried
by Alex Billington
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 Cortés'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!