While several acquisitions took place before the Sundance Film Festival got underway, some of the biggest ones have now happened during the first weekend of the fest.
In one of the biggest deals in the history of Sundance, Amazon Studios has landed distribution rights to the rom-com “The Big Sick” for around $12 million. Michael Showalter helms the film with Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel producing.
Kumail Nanjiani penned the heavily autobiographical script with his wife Emily V. Gordon. He plays a Pakistani-American comedian whose relationship with his girlfriend (Zoe Kazan) is nearly derailed over cultural differences and a health crisis. Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Bo Burnham, Aidy Bryant and Kurt Braunohler also star.
It joins the documentaries “Casting JonBenet” and “Chasing Coral” which Netflix has acquired, “Fun Moms Night” which Netflix and Momentum Pictures both nabbed, David Lowery’s “A Ghost Story” with Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara which A24 has scored, and the Armie Hammer-led “Call Me By Your Name” which Sony Pictures Classics picked up pre-fest.
“Mudbound,” a drama about life in the segregated South, premiered to a thunderous standing ovation on Saturday and news of its acquisition is expected soon.