Sundance: IFC Nabs 'Sleeping With Other People'
Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie star in the new romantic comedy from 'Bachelorette' writer-director Leslye Headland.
IFC Films has closed a deal for distribution rights to Sleeping With Other People, the romantic comedy starring Jason Sudeikis and Alison Brie.
The movie premiered the first weekend of the festival with major buyers in attendance, many walking away feeling that they’d seen one of the more commercial movies of the festival.
Six suitors chased Other People, including Radius-TWC and Lionsgate, with IFC winning due to its overall offer. The deal was in the multimillion range and is for a wide theatrical release as well as a mid-seven-figure P&A commitment.
Sudeikis plays a womanizer, while Brie plays a serial cheater. The two form a friendship and then an unexpected relationship over the course of many years.
The movie hails from writer-director Leslye Headland and is a follow-up to Bachelorette, her comedy that proved to be a VOD hit. Other People is being compared to the romantic comedy classic When Harry Met Sally.
The cast also includes Amanda Peet, Adam Scott, Natasha Lyonne and Jason Mantzoukas.
Sidney Kimmel fully financed the film and produced along with Adam McKay, Will Ferrell and Jessica Elbaum of Gloria Sanchez Productions, which produced Headland’s previous film Bachelorette. Carla Hacken, Matt Berenson and Jim Tauber served as executive producers.
Said Tauber, who is SKE's president: “We’re thrilled to partner with IFC on the film’s domestic release. We’ve admired their aggressive and creative handling of Boyhood and other films for some time now, and chose them also in large part due to Arianna Bocco’s tenacious pursuit of this project.
CAA made the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
IFC, the company which released this year's Oscar-nominated Boyhood, also picked up Jack Black's Sundance entry, The D Train.