The 2017 Sundance Film Festival is only at the halfway point, and already a number of buzzworthy films have been sold. (Netflix has acquired several.) Plus, find out who will be releasing the rap comedy Patti Cake$, which critics say features a star-making performance from actress Danielle Macdonald.
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• Fox Searchlight won the bidding war over Patti Cake$, scoring rights to director Geremy Jasper’s hip-hop comedy for a reported $10.5 million.
• Netflix continues its buying spree by plunking down $8 million for To the Bone. Keanu Reeves and Lily Collins star in this gritty drama about a young woman suffering from anorexia who enters a group recovery home.
• US Weekly spotted Malia Obama at Sundance shopping with a friend.
• Birth. Movies. Death raves about XX, the horror anthology film featuring four creepy tales helmed by female filmmakers. Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) and musician St. Vincent (Annie Clark) are among the directors.
• Laura Dern talked to the L.A. Times about beating up costar Woody Harrelson in the indie comedy Wilson.
• The Salt Lake Tribune chatted with writer/director Taylor Sheridan about his Sundance film Wind River and his Best Screenplay Oscar nomination for Hell Or High Water.
• Writer/director Danny Strong talked to Deadline about Rebel in the Rye, his biopic about reclusive author J.D. Salinger starring Nicholas Hoult and Zoey Deutch.
• Fox Searchlight has acquired the worldwide rights to Step, a documentary from director Amanda Lipitz about a step dance team from a Baltimore charter school.
• Indiewire has the trailer for Winnie, a documentary about the wife of Nelson Mandela that debuted at the festival.
• Vulture has a review of Get Out, Jordan Peele’s horror flick that had a surprise screening at Sundance.