Sundance: Amazon Lands Jenny Slate-Starrer 'Landline'
John Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass and newcomer Abby Quinn also star in the '90s-set dramedy.
Amazon has dialed up a U.S. rights deal to Landline, the dramedy that reteams actress Jenny Slate with her Obvious Child director Gillian Robespierre.
A source pegged the deal at $3 million. Amazon also is planning a traditional theatrical release.
Landline follows three women navigating their relationships in cellphone-free 1990s New York. Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm wrote the screenplay based on a story by Holm, Robespierre and Tom Bean.
Edie Falco, John Turturro, Jay Duplass and newcomer Abby Quinn star in the feature.
Slate and Robespierre also executive produced the feature, along with Rachel Shane, Natalya Petrosova, Lee Jea Woo, Chris Lytton and Charlotte Ubben.
Holm, Gigi Pritzker and Russell Levine produced.
Prtizker's OddLot Entertainment, which produced and financed the film, is celebrating another milestone today. The company received four Oscar nominations for Hell or High Water, including best picture.
Landline screened in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival.
The acquisition marks the second splashy deal at the festival for Amazon, following this year’s top sale, The Big Sick ($12 million for U.S. rights). Amazon also was in the final mix on Patti Cake$, which went to Fox Searchlight on Tuesday morning for $10.5 million.
UTA negotiated the deal. Also negotiating was Clint Kisker of Madison Wells Media, OddLot’s parent company.