More Sundance deals:
Breathe easy, hipster film geeks of the world â€” Michel Gondry‘s "The Science of Sleep," which stars Gael GarcÃa Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, will indeed be appearing at a theater near you. Via Anne Thompson and Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Independent fought of several other interested distributors to pick up the North American and UK rights to the film for an apparent $6 million.
Several distributors questioned the lofty $6 million price tag for what many considered to be an art film. The film uses various languages, which could jeopardize its foreign pay TV deals, though WIP is chasing a British Sky Broadcasting sale.
Like many a relatively young filmgoer, we practically had an "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" tattoo on our forehead in 2004, but we’ve heard mixed things on Gondry’s latest from various people who’d managed to see it. Which brings us to our Matt Singer quote du jour:
"Sleep" co-star Charlotte Gainsbourg wasn’t in attendance [at the festival], so Gondry drew a picture of her on a piece of poster board and answered questions for her in a goofy falsetto.
Also from the Hollywood Reporter (though not festival-related), Gregg Goldstein reports that the Weinstein Co. has acquired the rights to George Hickenlooper‘s Edie Sedgwick biopic "Factory Girl," with Sienna Miller as Sedgwick and Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol, and Gregg Kilday reports that Picturehouse has picked up America rights to Guillermo del Toro‘s rather excellent-looking "Pan’s Labyrinth."
+ Big ‘Sleep’ for WIP: $6 mil buy (Hollywood Reporter)
+ The Film Geek Goes to Sundance: #5 – And You Are…? (IFC News)
+ She’s hired: ‘Factory Girl’ to Weinstein Co. (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Picturehouse sending ‘Pan’ to N. America (Hollywood Reporter)