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Sony Classics buys Skoog’s ‘Whatever’

Sony Pictures Classics has picked up Susan Skoog’s debut coming-of-age tale “Whatever.”

The Sony-based specialty house nabbed worldwide rights to the pic, which sports a $1 million budget and was shot in several Eastern locales.

Set in the early 1980s, pic follows a pair of teenage girlfriends as they explore sex, life and plenty of music. Liza Weil and Chad Morgan star.

Skoog helmed and wrote the screenplay. She also produced along with Ellin Baumel, Michelle Yahn and Kevin Segalla. Exec producers are Circle Films and Irwin Young of Duart Films.

SPC co-chairman Michael Bernard called Skoog “gifted with a natural visual confidence and a troubadour’s talent for storytelling.”

Sony will benefit from a soundtrack that includes the Pretenders, Iggy Pop, David Bowie, the Ramones, Blondie, the Jam, Rush, Patti Smith, Roxy Music and Aimee Mann.

Sony Classics has made it a habit of discovering and platforming first-time helmers.

Others finds include Neil LaBute, Bart Freundlich, Sandra Goldbacher, Richard Linklater, Todd Solondz, Alain Berliner and Gary Oldman.

The “Whatever” deal was brokered by Bernard, Michael Barker and Marcie Bloom for Sony Classics. The pic and helmer were repped by Cara White, George Pelecanos and Bill Durkin.

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