You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sundance: Miles Teller’s ‘Whiplash’ Sold to Sony for Int’l in First Major Deal

U.S. still in play as deal covers most key overseas markets

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival.

The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America.

Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after the screening, handled the sale on behalf of Bold Films.WME is handling domestic sales.

Directed and written by Damien Chazelle,” Whiplash” stars Miles Teller as a first-year college student as he begins his quest to become the core drummer of a top jazz orchestra. J.K. Simmons  portrays his abusive instructor.

“Whiplash” is adapted from Chazelle’s 18-minute film that won last year’s Sundance’s jury award for fiction. Producers are Jason Blum, Helen Estabrook, Michel Litvak and David Lancaster; Jason Reitman, Gary Michael Walters and Couper Samuelson exec produce.

Bold Films financed the $3.3 million project.

Variety’s Peter Debruge gave the film a strong review at Sundance, asserting it “demolishes the cliches of the musical-prodigy genre, investing the traditionally polite stages and rehearsal studios of a topnotch conservatory with all the psychological intensity of a battlefield or sports arena.”

 

More Film

  • Busan: Hong Sang-soo Trio Set for

    Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

  • Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as

    Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as CEO

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

  • “The Gaze of the Sea” vies

    Jose Alvarez’s ‘The Gaze of the Sea’ Vies for the Top Docu Prize at Morelia

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

  • Anna Karina'All the President's Men' screening

    Lumière Festival: Celluloid Angels to Give Anna Karina Directorial Debut “Vivre Ensemble” 4k Restoration

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

  • TYLER PERRY'S BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN

    Film Review: 'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween'

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

  • Lupita Nyong'o Harvey Weinstein

    Lupita Nyong'o Details Harvey Weinstein's Advances Toward Her in Op-Ed: 'I Felt Unsafe'

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Weinstein Co. Staffers Ask to Be Released From NDAs

    Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights to most key international territories to “Whiplash,” the opening night film at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal, which did not include U.S. rights, covers the U.K., Scandinavia, Benelux, Eastern Europe (ex CIS), Greece, South Africa, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Latin America. Sierra/Affinity, which confirmed the deal after […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content