Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs Daisy Ridley-Backed Film 'The Eagle Huntress'
Playing in the new Sundance Kids section of the festival, 'Eagle Huntress' made its world premiere Jan. 24 and received a rousing response
Sony Pictures Classics has nabbed North American rights to the YA-friendly adventure documentary The Eagle Huntress.
The specialty label, which also acquired the Wall Street-set thriller Equity and John Krasinski's The Hollars, also picked up Eagle Huntress' rights for Latin America, Germany, Australia/New Zealand, Scandinavia and Asia.
The deal was pegged around $2 million, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Directed by Otto Bell, the film centers on a teenaged girl named Ashol-Pan (Aisholpan Nurgaiv) living in the mountains of northwestern Mongolia who learns all aspects of falconry, from taming her very own eagle to training for an annual competition, where she competes against 70 eagle hunters on her quest to gain acceptance in a male-dominated field.
Playing in the new Sundance Kids section of the festival, Eagle Huntress made its world premiere Jan. 24 and received a rousing response from buyers who were clamoring for dibs on the girl-empowerment tale, despite the fact that the film is in Kazakh with English subtitles (The Weinstein Co. had also been pursing).
The film also benefits from some Star Wars star power, as Daisy Ridley recently came onboard as an executive producer and will narrate for English audiences.
Nurgaiv Rys and Alma Dalaykhan also star.
“Without question Sony Pictures Classics is the dream distributor for our film,” Bell said. “Now audiences around the world can enjoy Aisholpan's story on the big screen. We are all very grateful for SPC's passionate belief in this film.”
Stacey Reiss and Sharon Chang produced, while Morgan Spurlock, Jeremy Chilnick, Susan MacLaury, Barbara Dobkin, Dan Cogan, Regina K. Scully and Marc H. Simon executive produced.
Aisholpan Nurgaiv, together with her father and mother, made the 6,000-mile journey from Mongolia to Park City to present the film and participate in deal-making. CAA repped the filmmakers.