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EmptyMaya Entertainment is taking a big step into the mainstream. The Hispanic-oriented producer and distributor has acquired all U.S. rights to Alex Rivera's Sundance award-winner "Sleep Dealer."
The Spanish-language "Dealer," which won the dramatic screenwriting prize in January in Park City, is a dystopian tale revolving around themes of immigration and digital culture, using sci-fi conventions to tell a political tale. The movie drew buzz in Sundance for its ambition, though some buyers perceived it as a tricky commercial sell.
David Riker, who is penning the screenplay for the upcoming Emily Blunt starrer "The Girl," wrote the script.
Maya will release the film theatrically as well as on its nascent home video label and also will handle television rights.
"We think the film has relevance with the sci-fi audience, we think the art house crowd will take to it and we think it will appeal to a mass Latino audience," Maya head of acquisitions Jose Martinez said.
Gregg Goldstein contributed to this report.