Overture Films eyes 'Henry Poole'


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CORRECTED 11:03 a.m. PT Jan. 22, 2008

PARK CITY - In a surprisingly quick move in a slow Sundance market, Overture Films is in final negotiations to acquire U.S. rights to Mark Pellington's dramedy "Henry Poole Is Here."

"Poole" centers on a man (Luke Wilson) who moves to a new house after he learns he's about to die, who then has a series of life-changing interactions.

Director Pellington ("U2 3D") said he was inspired to direct the film after the unexpected death of his wife.

The film premiered Monday afternoon at the Eccles in Park City, and the negotiations were close to closing with Overture by the end of the night. The "Poole" deal is said to be in the low- to mid-seven figures.

Although Overture launched with a mission to distribute slightly more mainstream films than most indie distributors, the company acquired the quiet, critically acclaimed Groundswell Prods./Participant Prods. drama "The Visitor" for more than $1 million in a complex deal that includes significant profit participation for the filmmakers.
David Dinerstein of Lakeshore Entertainment is repping the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.

Next up will likely be Andrew Fleming's "Hamlet 2," which had big indies and specialty divisions chasing a deal late into Tuesday morning.