Amazon Scores Sundance Hit “Manchester”

Amazon has closed a $10 million deal for domestic rights to “Margaret” writer/director Kenneth Lonergan’s drama “Manchester By The Sea” reports Deadline.

Premiering on Saturday to the best reviews of the Sundance Film Festival so far, Casey Affleck plays a man who – after the death of his brother – is forced to return home to care for his sixteen-year old nephew and confront a tragic past that separated him from his family and the community where he was raised.

Kyle Chandler and Michelle Williams also star with Williams in particular already generating Oscar buzz for next year for her performance. Beating out Sony, Universal, Fox and Lionsgate, Amazon plans a traditional theatrical release with an awards season campaign.

Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Kevin Walsh and Lauren Beck produce the film.