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.
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