Sundance: Kelly Macdonald Drama 'Puzzle' Goes to Sony Classics for $5M
Directed by Marc Turtletaub ('The Messenger'), the film centers on a suburban housewife who is gifted a thousand-piece jigsaw for her birthday and finally discovers something she's passionate about.
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to Marc Turtletaub's drama Puzzle, a starring vehicle for Kelly Macdonald as a jigsaw-obsessed housewife for decades, living a quietly sheltered life in suburban Connecticut. A source pegged the deal at $5 million, making it one of the biggest of this year's Sundance market to date.
Written by Oren Moverman (The Messenger), the film centers on Agnes, who is gifted a thousand-piece puzzle for her birthday and finally discovers something she's passionate about and unusually skilled at. Her hobby gradually evolves into a quest for self-awareness and leads her to team up with Robert (Irrfan Khan), a fellow maverick who introduces her to an unexpected world of puzzle competitions.
David Denman, Bubba Weiler, Austin Abrams and Liv Hewson round out the cast.
"I could not be more pleased than to partner with Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and their team at Sony Pictures Classics," said Turtletaub. "Their experience and success in the business is unmatched, and their passion and commitment to this film is undeniable."
Added Sony Pictures Classics co-president Barker: "Director Marc Turtletaub has made one of the freshest, most endearing independent films in years. Kelly Macdonald's career best performance offers one surprise after another. Irrfan Khan is right up there with her. So original, so moving, so entertaining, Puzzle will be a movie embraced by everyone. We are also so pleased to be in business with our friends: writer Oren Moverman, [producers] Peter Saraf at Big Beach, Wren Arthur and Guy Stodel."
The film had its world premiere on Tuesday, screening in the Premieres section at the fest.
ICM Partners, which reps Macdonald, negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.