Three to share 'Phoebe' rights


NEW YORK -- ThinkFilm, Lifetime Networks and Netflix's Red Envelope Entertainment have jointly acquired the North American rights to the Felicity Huffman-Elle Fanning drama "Phoebe in Wonderland" for about $3 million.

Daniel Barnz's tale, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival, follows a troubled girl (Fanning) who dreams of starring in her school production of "Alice in Wonderland" but gets sidetracked by her fantasy life and increasingly disturbing behavior. Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman and Campbell Scott also star.

The three companies will collaborate on the marketing of the film's theatrical release. ThinkFilm will distribute "Phoebe" theatrically in the fall, followed by simultaneous Netflix rentals and ThinkFilm retail DVD sales and rentals. Lifetime has exclusive TV rights to the film, which will be shown under the Lifetime Pictures banner in early 2009.

"Phoebe" premiered to mixed reactions at Sundance, with a number of execs saying the film was notable for Fanning's performance. It was produced by Ben Barnz and Silverwood Films' Lynette Howell and executive produced by Doug Dey and Chris Finazzo.

The deals were negotiated separately by Endeavor Independent and UTA, which then brought the distributors together for cross-promotional efforts.