Sundance 2013: Sony Pictures Classics Nabs 'Kill Your Darlings'
UPDATED: The film, which premiered at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18, was acquired for just south of $2 million.
PARK CITY -- Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Kill Your Darlings for just south of $2 million, according to sources.
The deal is for U.S. and Australian, New Zealand, South African, African TV, and Eastern European rights. The film from director John Krokidas is screening at Sundance in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section.
Co-written by Krokidas and Austin Bunn, Kill Your Darlings is the untold story of a murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs at Columbia University in 1944.
The film starring Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan (who recently landed the role of Harry Osborn in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel) premiered at Eccles Theatre on Jan. 18.
“To be considered amongst the ranks of Pedro Almodóvar and Woody Allen is beyond my wildest dreams,” said Krokidas in a statement. “This is a dream come true.”
Kill Your Darlings also co-stars Ben Foster, Dexter's Michael C. Hall, Jack Huston and Elizabeth Olsen.
“This is an amazing movie, a great American drama, thriller, and perfect evocation of New York in the 1940's as you have never seen on screen before,' SPC said in a statement. "With an ensemble cast that is truly mind-blowing led by Daniel Radcliffe in a profoundly moving performance as Allen Ginsberg, we are witnessing the birth of a major new American filmmaker."
Michael Benaroya and Christine Vachon produced the film.
UTA and Cassian Elwes represented the filmmakers.
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