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Sundance: Fox Searchlight Buying Sci-Fi Drama 'I Origins'

I Origins Sundance Film Still - H 2014
"I Origins"

UPDATED: The film premiered at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18.

PARK CITY – Mike Cahill's sci-fi entry I Origins has closed a worldwide distribution deal with Fox Searchlight, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter. The price is nearly $3 million according to one source.

I Origins, about a PhD student who falls in love with a mysterious, masked model as it tackles heavy-duty ideas such as the existence of God and reincarnation, stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling. Also in the cast are Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Steven Yeun and Archie Panjabi.

The film, produced by Cahill, Hunter Gray and Alex Orlovsky, premiered as part of Sundance's Premieres section at the Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18.

“Mike Cahill’s impressive second feature makes you question our very place in the universe by merging the scientific and emotional worlds in a deeply affecting way," Fox Searchlight presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley said. "The film boasts a superb cast led by Michael Pitt, and it is great to be reunited with Mike and Brit."

Cahill's feature debut, Another Earth, was also a heady sci-fi pic released by Searchlight that starred Marling. It won a Special Jury Prize at 2011's Sundance Film Festival, nabbed Cahill the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize (given to a movie that deals with science and technology) and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.

"I am so excited to once again be home at Fox Searchlight, a place that I believe embraces creative passion and the future of cinematic storytelling," Cahill said. 

Added Gray and Orlovsky:  "I Origins is a very special film for us at Verisimilitude. We know that Fox Searchlight is the perfect home for Mike's innovative and utterly original work."

WME repped the film.

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