Netflix Already Acquires Indie Premiere 'Tallulah' Before Sundance
Watch out - Netflix is already buying up all the great films! The digital distributor has acquired a film out of Sundance 2016 an entire week before the festival even starts. Variety reports that Netflix has already acquired "worldwide streaming video on-demand rights" to Tallulah, meaning they'll handle the digital release, leaving the theatrical rights up for grabs. If a Sundance premiere is bought this early it's usually a sign the film is very good, or that it has a strong audience they believe they can capitalize on via Netflix. Tallulah is the feature debut of writer/director Sian Heder, a drama starring Ellen Page as a woman who takes a baby from a wealthy, negligent mother and passes the baby off as her own in an effort to protect her.
Tallulah premieres at Sundance 2016 in the U.S. Dramatic Competition category on Saturday, January 23rd, at noon - a little over a week from now. The plot description from IMDb states that it's about a "dissatisfied Beverly Hills housewife" who hires Ellen Page's character Tallulah to babysit and "ends up getting much more than she bargained for." However, the original Sundance description from the announcement adds a bit about her "taking" the child and passing her off as her own. "This decision connects and transforms the lives of three very different women." The cast includes Allison Janney, Tammy Blanchard, Evan Jonigkeit, Uzo Aduba and Zachary Quinto. We'll be attending the premiere at Sundance, and will have a reaction then.