Sundance: Sex Comedy ‘The Overnight’ Acquired by The Orchard (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance Film Festival The Overnight

After a fierce bidding war that went into the wee hours of Monday morning, The Orchard has landed North American distribution rights to “The Overnight,” Variety has learned.

The deal, which is in the seven-figure range, represents a big coup for The Orchard, a relatively new player in film distribution that arrived in Park City with the intention of scooping up two or more high-profile titles (and could land more). The Orchard started in music distribution and sales in 1997, and expanded its portfolio into movies recently, with such VOD-and-theatrical titles as “Loitering With Intent” and the Slamdance 2014 documentary “Little Hope Was Arson.”

“The Overnight,” a sex comedy starring Adam Scott, Jason Schwartzman and Taylor Schilling, premiered on Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival, and The Orchard was the first to plop down a bid of more than $1 million for the film shortly after the screening, Variety has learned.

That initial offer sparked intense interest for the film, with a number of other distributors–including Radius-TWC, Roadside, Lionsgate and A24–all circling the project. Some of these studios were still in play through Saturday night, but The Orchard was able to fend them all off.

“The Overnight” was produced by Gettin’ Rad Productions (Adam and Naomi Scott’s company) and the Duplass brothers. ICM Partners and Submarine negotiated the sale of the picture.