Sundance: Relativity Snaps Up 'The Bronze' for $3 Million

The story of former famed gymnast Hope Ann Greggory was directed by Bryan Buckley.

PARK CITY — Bryan Buckley's directorial feature debut The Bronze was picked up by Relativity.

Relativity will partner with Stage 6 Films on releasing the movie with Relativity picking up U.S. rights to the film. Sony Pictures already had the international rights.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter the deal comes with a sizable P&A commitment.

"The Bronze fits into Sundance's long history of discovering new and unique comedic talent that can find its way to a broader audience," said Relativity president Tucker Tooley. "The filmmakers did an incredible job creating a wholly unique identity for the film which we're certain will have audiences laughing and talking for a long time."

The Big Bang Theory actress Melissa Rauch wrote the script with spouse Winston Rauch and also stars in the comedy. Stephanie Langhoff produced.

The deal is in the $3 million range, sources tell THR, but there is a sticking point when it comes to the release plan. The filmmakers are hoping to nab a plan that would release the movie on 600 screens, but Relativity wants wiggle room.

The Bronze begins in 2004, when Hope Ann Greggory, played by Rauch, is pegged as an American hero for winning the bronze medal for the women's gymnastics team. The famed former gymnast is now living in her father's basement stuck in her past glory. When a new hopeful comes into view, Hope has to decide whether or not to coach the teen or ruin her chances.

The comedy also stars Cecily Strong, Gary Cole, Thomas Middleditch, Sebastian Stan, and Haley Lu Richardson.

In a Sundance review, THR's chief film critic, Todd McCarthy, wrote that the title "is a strident comedy made in accordance with the sole guiding principle of, when in doubt, go even more vulgar."

WME Global made the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

12:10 pm, Jan 24 Updated with additional information

 

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