Updates From Sundance! Whose Buying What?

Sundance Film Festival, like all the big film festivals, are markets for distributors/sales agents to pick up films for their territories and get them released respectively. As Sundance kicked off this week the buying of movies is underway and here’s some titles that have been taken off the shelf for the North American Rights.

THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES – From Deadline: The Queen Of Versailles focuses on the odyssey of timeshare magnate David Siegel and his 30-years younger wife Jackie. Riding high, they decided at the peak of their wealth to build  Versailles, a 90,000-square-foot home that would have been the largest in America. Modeled after the Palace of Versailles, the plans included an indoor ice skating rink and 10 kitchens. When the 2008 economic collapse hit, their plans were dashed and they struggled to live like the unwashed masses. It has been a hot ticket title since it was announced on the Sundance slate. MAGNOLIA PICTURES has bought the film.

SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MANFrom Movie City News – SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN tells the incredible story of Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. In fact, the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity amid rumors of a gruesome on-stage suicide. But a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon.  The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to find out what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. SONY PICTURES CLASSICS has bought the film.

NOTHING TO FEARFrom Deadline: Nothing To Fear is based on an actual town in Kansas, which, according to legend, is one of the seven gateways to Hell. Anthony Leonardi III is directing. He has been the lead creature artist and storyboard artist for Constantine, Pirates Of The Caribbean 3, Rango and the upcoming 47 Ronin. Slash will be co-producing the score of the movie.Slash, ex Guns N Roses, has made a horror flick and this puppy has been sold to ANCHOR BAY.