Sundance: 'The Diary of a Teenage Girl' Selling to Sony Pictures Classics
Kristen Wiig and Alezander Skarsgard star in the 1970s set film.
UPDATE, Jan. 27, 10:40 AM: SPC closed the deal, acquiring the rights in North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Asia, Scandinavia and Germany.
"Discovering major writer/directors like Mari Heller is why we come to Sundance. There is no richer American movie at Sundance this year. We so look forward to presenting the film to audiences all over the world in a big way," said the company in a statement.
PARK CITY - Sony Pictures Classics is picking up Diary of a Teenage Girl, one of the better reviewed films of the festivals, The Hollywood Rerporter has confirmed.
Sources say the deal was in the low seven figures and was for North America and multiple other territories.
The film is based on Phoebe Gloeckner's graphic novel of the same name. The coming-of-age story tracks the life of teenage Minnie played by Bel Powley growing up and working as an artist in San Francisco. Alexander Skarsgard, Kristen Wiig, and Christopher Meloni also star in the adpatation.
Marielle Heller, who wrote the script, makes her directorial debut with the feature, which THR praised in glowing review: "The Diary of a Teenage Girl is the kind of film Sundance prays for every year: one that indelibly puts on the map a talented director the festival can then forever claim as one of its own. "
Bert Hamelinck and Madeline Samit of Caviar produced the film with Miranda Bailey and Anne Carey. Amanda Marshall, Michael Sagol, and Jorma Taccone are executive producers.
UTA made the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.