Sundance: Focus World Picks Up 'Cop Car' (Exclusive)

The Kevin Bacon thriller sparked a small bidding war, with Lionsgate and IFC chasing the film.

PARK CITY — Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus Features, has closed a deal to pick up the distribution rights to Cop Car, the Kevin Bacon thriller.

The movie premiered Saturday as part of the festival's midnight sidebar and has been described as having tones of the 1980s Amblin movies (the Steven Spielberg-produced films which featured young boys on wild adventures) crossed with influences such as the Coen Brothers crime movies or movies like Blue Ruin. A small bidding war ensued, with Lionsgate and IFC among those chasing the keys to Car, but Focus ended up taking the wheel.

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The deal is said to be a shade under $2 million and encompasses a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release in the U.S. The U.K. release will be handled by Universal.

The film follows the mysteries that happen when two 10-year-old boys steal an abandoned cop car, only to find themselves on a wild ride when the owner, a corrupt cop (Bacon), begins to hunt them down.

James Freedson-Jackson, Hays Wellford, Shea Whigham and Camryn Manheim also star. 

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Jon Watts directed and co-wrote the screenplay with Christopher Ford. Cody Ryder, Alicia Van Couvering, Sam Bisbee, Andrew Kortschak and Jon Watts produced with Walter Kortschak, Lance Acord, Jackie Kelman Bisbee, Tom Valerio, Frank Brenner and Bill Perry acting as executive producers along with Bacon.

CAA brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.