ThinkFilm has acquired North American theatrical rights to “The Ten,” the spoofy take on the Ten Commandments directed by David Wain (“Wet Hot American Summer”), at the Sundance Film Festival.
Company will release the movie in summer.
Acquirer put the price at $4.5 million, though execs from competing distribs who had inquired about rights thought the number might be smaller. Think has been eager to flex its muscle since being acquired by Capitol Films.
Movie had drawn significant buzz ahead of its midnight preem on fest’s first Friday but did not immediately land a deal.
Gotham shingle City Lights Media produced, and will handle homevid rights via an existing deal with Warner Music’s WEA.
Movie was produced by Jonathan Stern
, Ken Marino, David Wain, Paul Rudd and Morris Levy. Cinetic Media repped the film.
Pic stars Jessica Alba, Rudd, Winona Ryder and others in a montage of 10 stories, each one featuring one of the Ten Commandments as its theme.
Think has previously released comedies “Strangers with Candy” and “The Aristocrats.” Deal marks its second buy of the fest; firm previously bought NASA doc “In the Shadow of the Moon.”