Amazon Studios has bought the rights to the acclaimed drama “Uncle Frank” following its debut this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival to much acclaim.
Set in the 1970s, Sophia Lillis plays Beth who begins her studies at New York University where her estranged uncle Frank (Paul Bettany) is a famous literature professor.
She soon discovers that Frank is gay and living with his longtime partner, Wally (Peter Macdissi). The sudden death of the family patriarch (Stephen Root), forces Beth, Wally, and Frank to return home where Frank is forced to come out to his Southern family.
“Six Feet Under” and “True Blood” creator Alan Ball directed the film and wrote the screenplay with this deal reportedly to be close to $12 million. It’s not clear if a theatrical release component is planned.
That’s not the only deal that has just gone down in Park City. North American rights to Benedict Cumberbatch’s civilian spy thriller “Ironbark” have been acquired by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate.
Cumberbatch plays Greville Wynne, an ordinary man tapped by his government to help end the Cuban missile crisis. Dominic Cooke (“On Chesil Beach”) helms the film from a script by Tom O’Conner.