Sundance: Patrick Wilson's 'Zipper' Selling to Alchemy (Exclusive)
Wilson stars as a political figure who can't say no to sex.
Alchemy, the independent distributor formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, is nearing the finish line to pick up the North American rights to Zipper, in a deal being brokered by CAA.
The deal is in the low seven figures, between $1 million and $2 million according to sources, and includes a significant theatrical release for later this year as part of a multi-platform plan.
This is the second Sundance deal for the company, which on the first weekend picked up the Nicole Kidman drama Strangerland.
Zipper, a political thriller, centers around Sam Ellis, played by Patrick Wilson, a federal prosecutor with a potential political future. His past with a high-end escort unravels a twisted road of addiction and introduces new demons that threaten to unravel his life.
Mora Stephens wrote and directed the thriller, which also stars Lena Headey, Richard Dreyfuss, Ray Winstone, John Cho and Dianna Agron.
Zipper is produced by Marina Grasic, Mark Heyman, Joel Viertel, R. Bryan Wright and Amy Mitchell-Smith. Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, and Ari Handel executive produced.
Beau Chaney, Danya Duffey, and Christian Oliver exec produced.
Cinetic co-repped the film with CAA.
In his review, THR film critic David Rooney writes that "there's neither topicality nor bite in this bland pseudo-thriller."