Earth, “Devils,” “Sense,” “Melt” Acquired

The Sundance acquisition deals continue to fly fast today with four more major titles locking down distribution deals says Risky Biz Blog:

Another Earth
Fox Searchlight has closed a deal to acquire all English-speaking rights to Mike Cahill’s “Another Earth” for about $1 million.

The story follows an MIT student in astrophysics (Brit Marling) who leans out of her car window to better see a newly discovered planet and then accidentally crashes her car into a minivan, killing the family in it.

After going to prison, she attempts to reach out to the surviving father of the family. William Mapother, Jordan Baker, Robin Lord Taylor and Flint Beverage also star.

The Devil’s Double
Lionsgate is finalising a deal for the rights to Lee Tamahori’s “The Devil’s Double”, a violent drama about a man forced to become Uday Hussein’s body double in 1980’s Baghdad.

Despite multiple raw scenes of torture and cruelty, at least four distributors were keen on the film with Lionsgate ultimately winning out.

Perfect Sense
IFC Films scored North American rights to David Mackenzie’s drama “Perfect Sense”.

Ewan McGregor and Eva Green star in the British-made romantic thriller set at a time when a global pandemic slowly drains people of their emotion and senses.

I Melt with You
Mark Pellington’s thriller “I Melt With You”, which was literally finished less than a week ago, screened Monday and was sold to Magnolia Pictures by early morning Wednesday for a sum in the mid-to-high six figures range.

Rob Lowe, Jeremy Piven, Thomas Jane, Christian McKay, Carla Gugino and Sasha Grey star in the dark story of four longtime friends whose reunion at Big Sur goes haywire, forcing them to face the choices they’ve made after a weekend of excess.