Sundance Acquisitions 2012: Volume Five

Lay the Favorite
The Weinstein Company has made its first and only acquisition of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, acquiring Stephen Frears’ “Lay the Favorite” for a VOD release.

Rebecca Hall plays a stripper turned numbers bookie in Las Vegas. Bruce Willis, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joshua Jackson and Laura Prepon also star. [Source: Reuters]

Simon Killer
IFC has acquired North American rights to Antonio Campos’ “Simon Killer”

Brady Corbet stars as a sociopath in Paris who befriends a prostitute. Mati Diop, Michael Abiteboul, Constance Rousseau and Lila Salet also star. [Source: Screen Daily]

Middle of Nowhere
Participant Media and AFFRM have jointly acquired US theatrical rights to Ava DuVernay’s “Middle Of Nowhere”.

The story follows a woman’s struggle to keep marriage alive with her incarcerated husband. Emayatzy Corinealdi, David Oyelowo, Omari Hardwick and Lorraine Toussaint also star. [Source: Screen Daily]

2 Days in New York, Compliance, Nobody Walks
Magnolia Pictures has picked up three more films from Park City which they will release.

The three include Julie Delpy’s rom-com “2 Days In New York” starring Delpy and Chris Rock, Ry Russo-Young’s “Nobody Walks” with John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, and Craig Zobel’s controversial “Compliance”. [Source: Reuters]

Safety Not Guaranteed
FilmDistrict has acquired U.S. rights to the Colin Trevorrow-directed rom-com “Safety Not Guaranteed”

The story follows three magazine employees investigate a personal ad placed in the paper, in which a guy seeks a partner for time travel. [Source: Deadline]

Shadow Dancer
ATO Pictures has acquired North American rights to the James Marsh-directed IRA mole thriller “Shadow Dancer”

Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen and Domhnall Gleeson star in the story of an Irish woman and IRA supporter forced to become a mole for British intelligence. [Source: Risky Biz Blog]