SUNDANCE 2010

More Sundance Sales: Hesher, The Kids Are All Right, Twelve

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January 28, 2010
Source: Deadline.com

Hesher / Newmarket Films

So far at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, there have only been roughly five big sales. Before the fest began, Paramount picked up the documentary Waiting for Superman. Earlier this week we reported that Lionsgate had bought Ryan Reynold's Buried. And earlier today, three more films were officially sold. While there are many great films at Sundance worthy of theatrical distribution, this year's early sales seem a bit odd, to say the least. These are the three sales today: Newmarket Films picked up Hesher, Focus Features picked up The Kids Are All Right, and Hannover House picked up Joel Schumacher's new film Twelve.

Most of these announcements were made officially by the respective buyers, but Deadline Hollywood has copies of the press releases. I've seen Hesher and while it's a good film, it's not a great one (I gave it a 6 out of 10 in my review). I've heard great things about The Kids Are All Right as well (read reviews of it via Awards Daily and indieWIRE). As for Twelve, I'm actually amazed it sold so quickly, especially because it's apparently a very bad film (reviews on SlashFilm and Cinema Blend). As I said originally, some odd early sales, but then again, not every film needs to be sold during the festival (they can sell after the fest, too).

Hesher was apparently bought by super indie distributor Newmarket Films (they've released Death of a President, The Nines and Creation) for $1 million, which to me is a sign that they took one of the last deals they got, especially because Newmarket doesn't really distribute much at all. The Kids Are All Right, on the other hand, was reportedly sold for $4.8 million, making it the largest deal of the festival so far. Twelve was apparently sold for $2 million to the film and video division of independent book publisher Hannover House, which is a bit odd. We're hearing rumblings of sales for Catfish, High School, The Tillman Story, and Blue Valentine as well, which are all films I really enjoyed (although I haven't seen The Tillman Story yet).

As always, we'll keep you updated on eventual release plans for these films. Just because they're sold doesn't exactly mean they'll get nationwide distribution, but we will be following these and keeping everyone update on their theatrical debut. Stay tuned for even more updates from the Sundance Film Festival this weekend!

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  • M
    Well Twelve has Chace Crawford and some other young people, so I guess they think they can use their market, however, if you think I am going to believe Chace Crawford as a drug dealer, lol lol lol. As usual it seems everything is about the dinero, not actual talent. Then again I could be wrong and the company that bought it actually liked the film.
  • rowdy
    after buried all im waiting to hear is if splice gets picked up if it allready hasnt been just a couple of photos of that movie sold me right off the bat and after your guys review i'm waiting impaciently for that one to be released
  • http://feralfirefighter.blogspot.com Guy Montag
    There appear to be few surprises in "The Tillman Story" for those who have closely followed the Tillman story over the past five years. If you would like to learn more, I believe the single best short introduction to the Tillman story is Gary Smith’s Sports Illustrated's (9-11-06) cover story "Remember My Name." I've placed a link to that article in my document "Remember the Iconoclast, Not the Icon" at http://www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com . . . In his book, “Where Men Win Glory,” Jon Krakauer blamed the Bush administration and the Army for the whitewash of Pat Tillman's death. However, the cover-up has actually been a thoroughly bi-partisan affair. In particular, the Democratic Congress and the Obama Presidency have protected General Stanley McChrystal from scrutiny and punishment for his central role in the handling of the aftermath of Pat Tillman's friendly-fire death. If you would like to learn more, I've posted several detailed documents to the Feral Firefighter blog that focus especially on the actions taken to protect General Stanley McChrystal from punishment for his role in the cover-up by Congressman Henry Waxman, Senator James Webb (along with Senators Carl Levin and John McCain), the New York Times Pentagon Reporter Thom Shanker, and the Washington think-tank Center for a New American Security's (CNAS) Andrew Exum. . . . And,the binder “Battle for the Truth” discusses the parallels between Pat Tillman and Jonathan (Yoni) Netanyahu who died at the Raid on Entebbe in 1976.
  • Cineprog
    I want to see Buried, just to be able see if the film can keep me intrested in it for 94 mins.

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