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.”