• The Hollywood Reporter on LinkedIn
  • Follow THR on Pinterest
JAN
20
3 YEARS

SUNDANCE: 10 Movies Likely to Sell at This Year's Festival

Tobey Maguire, Paul Rudd and current "it girl" Jennifer Lawrence star in three titles generating buzz.

Sundance Film Festival - 2011 - The Details
Ergo Films

Predicting which movies will find buyers at Sundance is a little like forecasting the Utah mountain weather -- the radar is usually pretty accurate, but surprises come out of nowhere.These movies, however, are almost sure bets to sell, according to the press.

The Details:
Jacob Aaron Estes, director.
Why it might sell: Estes (Mean Creek) returns to Sundance with a black comedy about suburban conflict. The cast (Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks) will entice buyers. Reps: UTA/CAA

The Devil’s Double:
Lee Tamahori, director.
Why it might sell: Based on real events, it's an acting showcase for Dominic Cooper, who plays Saddam Hussein’s crazy son Uday and his beleaguered body double. Reps: CAA/Paradigm

I Melt With You:
Mark Pellington, director.
Why it might sell: Pellington assembled a provocative cast (Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe) for this thriller. Druggy and dark, but genre films often find buyers. Reps: UTA/Submarine

Like Crazy:
Drake Doremus, director.
Why it might sell: Current “It girl” Jennifer Lawrence appears in this long-distance romance with Anton Yelchin, but it is star Felicity Jones who surprises most. Reps: UTA/Submarine

Margin Call:
JC Chandor, director.
Why it might sell: A big, serious movie about the 2008 financial crisis, with a, big serious cast (Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, Zachary Quinto). Reps: UTA/Elwes/Untitled

Martha Marcy May Marlene:
Sean Durkin, director.
Why it might sell: A buzzy drama about a woman who returns to her family after fleeing a cult could be a breakout role for star Elizabeth Olsen. Reps: UTA

My Idiot Brother:
Jesse Peretz, director.
Why it might sell: An insightful comedy about a pot dealer (Paul Rudd) who moves in with his three sisters (Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel and Emily Mortimer). Reps: UTA

Perfect Sense:
David Mackenzie, director.
Why it might sell: A love story set against a global pandemic, the romance/thriller hybrid with Ewan McGregor and Eva Green could lure art house and genre buyers. Reps: WME

Salvation Boulevard:
George Ratliff, director.
Why it might sell: A religion comedy starring Pierce Brosnan as a corrupt preacher, with Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly and Marisa Tomei adding more indie star power. Reps: UTA

The Son of No One:
Dito Montiel, director.
Why it might sell: Gritty subject matter (two men deal with murders they committed as kids) but with an A-list cast led by Channing Tatum, Al Pacino and Katie Holmes. Reps: UTA/WME/Elwes