Sony Buys Kelly Reichardt Drama Starring Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams

Kelly Reichardt
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Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought worldwide rights for Kelly Reichardt’s untitled Montana-set drama, starring Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams and James LeGros.

The film, which revolves around the lives of people in a small town, is based on short stories by Maile Meloy. Shooting in Montana wrapped recently. Stewart portrays a lawyer from Boise, Idaho, who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. She develops a friendship with a local woman who’s auditing her class.

Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani are producing the project. Reichardt most recently directed “Night Moves” with Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Lara says:

    Isn’t this the division of Sony that skips theaters and goes straight to VOD? They do that with small, special interest films such as this one that has a lesbian theme. Early word is that it’s not mainstream enough to get a theatrical release.

    • Karen says:

      No, they do theatrical releases too, through their other Sony divisions like Sony Pictures Classics or TriStar Pictures. Early word is actually that Sony is rather optimistic on this one, and it could not be more clear than by the fact that they quickly scooped up the rights to this film within a few weeks of it wrapping filming, long before any festival premiere or critical response. The stellar cast with three big, critically lauded names, plus a script based off a best-selling book and the unique, intriguing format is probably what drove such an early sale. As for the “lesbian theme,” there are three vignettes in this movie. One involves two women, where one is having an affair with the other’s husband, one involves a man who plots a hostage attempt, and one is about a woman who has what is described as a friendship with another woman (based on a short story involving an unrequited crush). Maybe some slight subtext there, but hardly a lesbian-themed movie. And why you think such a theme means there would be no mainstream appeal is baffling, since there are two true lesbian-themed movies which will be awards contenders this year: “Carol” with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, and “Freeheld” with Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

  2. Alex says:

    Can`t wait to see this movie! good job Kristen keep it up..

  3. Another feather in Kristen Stewart’s cap……Bravo

  4. Moviefan says:

    Isn’t Sony but is Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. They bought movies but isn’t sure that they go to Sony. For example Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought The Bronze but it will be distribuited by Relativity Media

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