‘Body’-building Lot 47 deal

Distrib bags Sundance drama for spring rollout

Gotham-based specialty distributor Lot 47 Films has acquired North American rights to Henry Barrial’s digital comic drama “Some Body,” which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

Lot 47 plans a platform release next spring.

Pic was co-produced by Next Wave Films along with Stephanie Bennett, Geoffrey Pepos and Barrial.

“Some Body,” which stars Bennett, Jeramy Guillory, Billy Ray Gallion and Tom Vitorino, chronicles the life of a Los Angeles elementary school teacher in her late 20s whose hormonal drives often clash with her desire for stability and permanence. Pic is an only slightly fictionalized account of Bennett’s own experiences.

“Stephanie and Henry have made a terrific film about power, sex and anxiety — two things all of us aspire to and one that we all achieve,” said Lot 47 prexy Jeff Lipsky.

Filling ‘Dance card

Lot 47 is turning into one of the largest buyers of pics from Sundance 2001, which overall saw a slow year. “Some Body” is the third pic the company acquired. The others were Michael Cuesta’s “L.I.E.” and Billy Morrissette’s “Scotland, PA” — to be released in September and February, respectively.

Other upcoming Lot 47 releases include Gary Burns’ “Waydowntown,” Laurent Firode’s “Happenstance” and Claire Denis’ controversial “Trouble Every Day,” starring Vincent Gallo.

Next Wave Films helps finance digital features; it also provides finishing funds and acts as a producer’s rep on various pics.

Company was also involved with Christopher Nolan’s debut film “Following” and Jordan Melamed’s “Manic,” to be released next year.

More Film

  • The Lion King

    'The Lion King' Tops $130 Million Overseas

    Disney’s “The Lion King” has roared past $130 million in international ticket sales ahead of its domestic debut, led by $76.6 million in its first week in China. Other markets began launching Wednesday, led by France with $8.3 million in its first two days with the second-biggest opening day for a Disney movie after “Avengers: [...]

  • The Lion King The Gift

    Album Review: Beyoncé’s 'The Lion King: The Gift'

    Before touching down on what Beyoncé has called her “love letter to Africa,” it’s important to see what may have brought her to the mother of mankind, with its wide vistas and sonic planes, for “The Gift” in the first place — beyond, of course, voicing Nala in the film and whatever international marketing tie-ins [...]

  • The Lion King

    'The Lion King' Roars to $23 Million Opening on Thursday Night

    Disney’s “The Lion King” has pounced on a mighty $23 million in North American locations in Thursday night preview showings. It’s the biggest preview number since Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” set the record on April 27 with $60 million. “The Lion King” is expected to debut with $150 million this weekend. Some forecasts estimate the tentpole [...]

  • Major Expansion Planned at Belfast Harbour

    Major Expansion Planned at Belfast Harbour Studios, Home of ‘Krypton’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    Belfast Harbour Studios in Northern Ireland, where the Syfy series “Krypton” is shot, is set for a major expansion. The Warner Horizon-produced series has occupied the full site, which currently has two stages, since it opened in 2017. The landowners had signaled that they wanted to expand, and Variety has learned that plans for the [...]

  • Disney Movies

    Why Audiences Are Only Going to Disney Movies

    Julie Bikhman of Manhattan might buy the tickets, but when it comes to deciding what movie to see, her three young children are the ones calling the shots. “We pick them,” her 11-year-old daughter Annie declares before heading into a screening of Disney’s live-action “The Lion King.” “If it’s a Marvel movie, we know it’s [...]

  • Rob Schneider'The Week Of' film premiere,

    Rob Schneider Running for SAG-AFTRA Board, Supporting Matthew Modine

    Rob Schneider is running for a SAG-AFTRA national board seat as a member of presidential candidate Matthew Modine’s progressive Membership First slate and as a representative of the union’s San Francisco branch. Schneider is a former cast member on “Saturday Night Live” with movie credits on “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo,” “The Hot Chick,” “The Benchwarmers,” [...]

  • The Lion King

    'Lion King' VFX Supervisor Rob Legato to Keynote at the 2019 View Conference

    Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor of “The Lion King,” “The Addams Family” co-director Conrad Vernon and Baobab Studios’ co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell, director of the VR studio’s Emmy- and Annie-winning VR short “Crow: The Legend,” are rounding out the keynote speakers at this fall’s 20th edition of the View Conference in Turin, [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content