Sundance: Radius-TWC Falls For ‘The One I Love’ (Exclusive)

Relationship drama-thriller features enticing, yet tough-to-descibe surprise plot

Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s trippy directorial debut “The One I Love,” which premiered Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was made for around $2 million, according to sources.

The One I Love” is one of the fest’s more difficult-to-describe entries in trying to avoid spoiling the surprise premise. In fact, that was one of the anticipated challenges in selling the film: how does a company market a film without being able to tell audiences what it’s really about?

That said, sources say there were several suitors vying for the rights, as the film poses an enticing marketing challenge creative-wise.

Radius-TWC plans to give the film a fourth-quarter release.

SEE ALSO: Sundance: Behind the Fight to Keep Plots Secret

The film features standout performances from both Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass (who also served as exec producer, alongside his brother Jay, the writer Justin Lader and McDowell), playing a husband and wife on the brink of separation. Pic screened in the Premiere section.

Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire called the film an “incredibly assured directorial debut” that “essentially turns the idea of a two-hander upside down and inside out.”

The deal was negotiated by Radius co-prexies Tom Quinn and Jason Janego, as well as acquisitions manager Jason Wald. ICM Partners and Josh Braun brokered the sale on behalf of the filmmakers.

More Film

  • Curse of La Llorana

    Film News Roundup: Horror Movie Re-Titled 'The Curse of La Llorona' for Spring Release

    Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s trippy directorial debut “The One I Love,” which premiered Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was made for around $2 million, according to sources. “The One I Love” is one of the fest’s more difficult-to-describe entries in trying to avoid spoiling the surprise premise. […]

  • Brad Pitt Leonardo Dicaprio

    Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio Turned Down 'Brokeback Mountain,' Says Gus Van Sant

    Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s trippy directorial debut “The One I Love,” which premiered Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was made for around $2 million, according to sources. “The One I Love” is one of the fest’s more difficult-to-describe entries in trying to avoid spoiling the surprise premise. […]

  • 'First Man' With Ryan Gosling to

    Damien Chazelle's 'First Man' With Ryan Gosling to Open 75th Venice Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

    Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s trippy directorial debut “The One I Love,” which premiered Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was made for around $2 million, according to sources. “The One I Love” is one of the fest’s more difficult-to-describe entries in trying to avoid spoiling the surprise premise. […]

  • Joaquin Phoenix The Joker

    Joaquin Phoenix's 'Joker' Movie Gets Release Date

    Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s trippy directorial debut “The One I Love,” which premiered Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was made for around $2 million, according to sources. “The One I Love” is one of the fest’s more difficult-to-describe entries in trying to avoid spoiling the surprise premise. […]

  • Quentin Tarantino

    Quentin Tarantino's Manson Murders Movie Moves Up Two Weeks

    Radius-TWC has acquired worldwide rights to Charlie McDowell’s trippy directorial debut “The One I Love,” which premiered Jan. 21 at the Sundance Film Festival. The deal was made for around $2 million, according to sources. “The One I Love” is one of the fest’s more difficult-to-describe entries in trying to avoid spoiling the surprise premise. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content