Sundance: Paramount Buys Clea Duvall’s ‘The Intervention’

Intervention Sundance 2016
Courtesy of Sundance Film Festival

Paramount Home Media is in negotiations to acquire worldwide rights for “The Intervention,” a relationship comedy that premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival, Variety has confirmed.

It marks the feature film directorial debut of actress Clea DuVall, who wrote the script and appears in the picture. The studio will partner with a theatrical distributor and will also release the film day-and-date on video-on-demand platforms.

“The Intervention” centers on a group of friends who gather in a lakeside cabin to try to convince a married couple to get a divorce. In an interview with Variety, DuVall cited the film “The Big Chill” as an inspiration for “The Intervention.”

“I remember seeing that movie for the first time as a kid, even though I had no idea what anybody was talking about, I felt like I was being brought into this world,” she said.

In his review, Variety critic Dennis Harvey wrote, “It may not be quite edgy or distinctive enough to make much of a splash in niche theatrical release, but should prove a viable home-format item.”

The deal cost just north of $2 million. The cast includes Jason Ritter, Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Vincent Piazza, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat, and Natasha Lyonne. Sam Slater, Paul Bernon and Sev Ohanian produced the film. Burn Later Productions fully financed the picture.

The deal was handled by ICM Partners and Gersh. Deadline first reported the news.

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