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