You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sundance: Amazon Nears Deal for ‘Author: The JT Leroy Story’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned.

The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down.

The film looks at how Laura Albert, a San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, created a wunderkind writer named JT Leroy. A New York magazine investigation that Leroy, whose accounts of drug addiction and neglect made him a sensation, was himself a work of fiction.

Director Jeff Feuerzeig grilled Albert about her creation as well as celebrity admirers such as Courtney Love and Billy Corgan.

This would be the first documentary for Amazon, but the digital giant wants to build up its non-fiction offerings.

Amazon and its online rival Netflix have been among the most aggressive bidders at this year’s Sundance. Netflix has snapped up streaming rights to “Tallulah” and “The Fundamentals of Caring,” among other titles, while Amazon has nabbed rights to Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship.”

WME negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.

More Film

  • The Disaster Artist

    AFI Fest Adds Galas for 'Call Me by Your Name,' 'Disaster Artist,' 'Hostiles'

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Colony Capital Has Three-Week Window to Avert Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy (EXCLUSIVE)

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' to Blow Away 'Geostorm' in Slow Weekend

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

  • Lionsgate Unveils "The World of The

    Lionsgate Unveils World's First 'Hunger Games' Theme Park

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

  • Lawyer: Weinstein Rape Accuser's "Biggest Regret

    Lawyer: Weinstein Rape Accuser's 'Biggest Regret Is Opening That Door'

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

  • Sylvia Hoeks Girl in the Spider's

    'Blade Runner' Breakout Sylvia Hoeks Joins 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Sequel (EXCLUSIVE)

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

  • Heather Kerr Gloria Allred

    Former Actress Heather Kerr Accuses Harvey Weinstein of Forcing Himself on Her

    Amazon is in final negotiations for rights to “Author: The JT Leroy Story,” Variety has learned. The look at the famous literary fraudster premiered on Friday at the Sundance Film Festival, earning strong reviews. Bidding for the film is competitive, with several distributors making offers, and there’s still a chance that talks will break down. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content