Sundance: Amazon Lands Todd Solondz Comedy ‘Wiener-Dog’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Weiner Dog Sundance 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Amazon Studios has made another big purchase out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, nabbing domestic rights to “Wiener-Dog,” Variety has learned.

To get the film, the streaming service has committed to a significant theatrical release. The deal was in the low seven-figure range.

The Todd Solondz comedy debuted last Friday at the Park City fest. It follows a group of misfits, outcasts and unhappy couples who, at various points during the film, own a dachshund. It also marks Solondz’s first Sundance entry since “Welcome to the Dollhouse” debuted in 1996.

Variety critic Guy Lodge wrote, “Students of the filmmaker’s exactingly composed mise-en-thropy will revel in the new pic’s freezing wit, jaundiced societal observation and inventive star casting, feeling the human ache in its glassy delivery.”

Amazon has been one of the most dominant players at this year’s Sundance, snapping up rights to Whit Stillman’s “Love and Friendship” and Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea.”

“Wiener-Dog” stars Greta Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Kieran Culkin and Ellen Burstyn. CAA handled sales for the filmmakers.  Annapurna backed the film and is handling foreign sales. Megan Ellison and Christine Vachon served as producers, along with Killer Films.

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  1. Amy says:

    I saw Todd Solondz’ Storytelling at Sundance in 2002. Wiener Dog is not the “first Sundance entry from Solondz since Welcome to the Dollhouse.”

  2. Eric says:

    Big mistake Amazon, you just blew a lot of cash. I saw the film last night and the consensus from the audience was “that was an hour and a half of my life that I will never get back.” Sure it had a few laughs, but became painful drudgery after a while.

  3. EK says:

    Todd Solendz and Christine Vachon are long-time pals with Ted Hope of Amazon going back to Good Machine days in NYC (Happiness). Good vibes make for good deals.

  4. Jim says:

    Oh good, I get to see a two minute tracking shot of dog feces on the comfort of my couch.

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