Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Takes 'Brigsby Bear' for $5M
'Saturday Night Live' star Kyle Mooney plays a man who discovers his favorite TV show has been canceled.
Worldwide rights to Brigsby Bear, a comedy starring Saturday Night Live's Kyle Mooney, have been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for $5 million.
Directed by Dave McCary from a script by Kevin Costello and Mooney, the film premiered Monday afternoon at the Sundance Film Festival. Several buyers were interested after its warm reception at the Eccles Theater in Park City.
The pic stars Mooney as a man who discovers that he's the only viewer of his favorite TV show, Brigsby Bear Adventures. When it abruptly ends, he decides to make a movie to end Brigsby’s story — and re-begin his own.
“This is a special film made by old and new friends, but today we're excited to announce that Sony Pictures Classics have become our actual best friends," McCary, Costello and Mooney said Thursday in a statement. "All of our old best friends have been demoted to regular friends. They are fine, but they never bought movies from us like our new best friends do (sorry Tyler and Adam). To our best friends at SPC, thank you for your incredible enthusiasm and connection to this story. We can't wait to share it with the world.”
SPC is planning a summer release.
Beck Bennett, Matt Walsh, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Greg Kinnear, Kate Lyn Sheil and Ryan Simpkins also star.
Brigsby Bear has the backing of notable production companies Lonely Island (producers Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer, Jorma Taccone and William Rosenberg) and Lord Miller (producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Will Allegra).
The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Ian Stratford of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP on behalf of the filmmakers.