My Blind Brother
Courtesy of SXSW Film Festival

In what will likely be the biggest sale out of this year’s South by Southwest, Starz is nearing a deal to acquire the indie comedy “My Blind Brother” in the low seven-figure range, Variety has learned.

The movie, directed by Sophie Goodhart and telling the story of a local smug athlete (Adam Scott) and his underachieving brother (Nick Kroll), created a bidding war with many distributors, including Netflix, the Orchard, Sony and Gravitas Ventures.

Starz, which landed North American and Latin American rights for the film, will give “My Blind Brother” a day-and-date release in 25 markets and VOD (via Starz Digital) later this year, followed by an exclusive TV debut in 2017.

The cast also includes Jenny Slate and Zoe Kazan. “My Blind Brother” was produced by Tyler Davidson and Tory Tunnell. It premiered at SXSW on Saturday to strong reviews.

This has been a slow market in Austin, with only a handful of indies generating buzz. Netflix has already picked up the horror movie “Hush” and the documentary “Asperger’s Are Us.” Several other sales are expected to close in the next few days.

WME handled the deal.

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