Sundance: Weinsteins take Favorite, Indomina gets Rap, FilmDistrict takes on Safety
In two late-breaking deals on Sunday (29), The Weinstein Company took US rights to Stephen Frears’ caper Lay The Favorite while Indomina Releasing acquired the world on Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap. Also, FilmDistrict took Safety Not Guaranteed.
The Weinsteins plan to release Lay The Favorite in theatres and on VoD, bringing into play Tom Quinn and Jason Janego who recently arrived to head the multi-platform division RADiUS-TWC.
Lay The Favorite stars Rebecca Hall as Beth Raymer, a smart hustler who falls in with a Las Vegas sports bettor played by Bruce Willis. CAA represented rights on behalf of producer Randall Emmett.
Indomina negotiated the deal for Ice-T and Andy Baybutt’s The Art Of Rap with UTA Independent Film Group. Ice-T takes a tour of the US and in the process speaks to friends and collaborators about the history of rap.
Paul Toogood produced the film and also served as executive producer alongside Jorge Hinojosa, Ice-T, Simon D Pearce, David Kaplan, Alison Toogood and Jelena Nikolic.
Indomina plans a “significant” theatrical release this summer.
And FilmDistrict took US rights to Colin Trevorrow’s time-travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, which stars Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, Jake Johnson and Karan Soni.
FilmDistrict plans to market and distribute the film in 2012. ICM and Cinetic represented North American rights. Alliance took Canadian rights to the film.