Sundance quote of the day, from our own Mr. Matt Singer:
Today I spoke with someone who told a brutal anti-Sundance joke off camera ("Why do they have Sundance in the winter? The snow lets you know you’re not in hell!"), then thanked the festival for giving him a career as soon as the tape was rolling.
Via the tireless Eugene Hernandez at indieWIRE, two bits of early acquisitions news: first, Fox Searchlight picks up the rights to "Little Miss Sunshine," which stars Steve Carell and apparently merited a standing O at its packed premiere on Friday night, for a rumored $10 million, making it one of the biggest deals in the history of the festival. Interesting, none of the festival’s other extravagant deals has ever resulted in a big box office success: "The Spitfire Grill," "Happy, Texas" and, more recently, "Hustle & Flow," were all reportedly acquired for around the $10 mil mark.
Second, IFC Films has acquired the American rights to Bent Hamer‘s Bukowski adaptation "Factotum," which were originally bought by Picturehouse back at Cannes last year, though "the deal fell apart due to an unresolved legal matter." This, coincidentally, foils our plans to run a review of the film as the first installment of our counter-Sundance programming. Tarnation! We’ll have another review up later today.
We’re ever-wary of Sundance reviews, because they’re tend to be a wee bit delirious, over-influenced by fest buzz, and apt to be reconsidered once everyone returns to lower altitudes. Nevertheless, we have to direct you to the indispensable David Hudson at Greencine Daily, who’s gathering festival reviews, grouped by film.
+ "Sunshine" Pact Among Top Tier of All-Time Sundance Fest Deals (indieWIRE)
+ IFC Gets "Factotum"; Crossword Doc in Play, and More (indieWIRE)
+ Park City. Roundup. (Daily Greencine)