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Sundance: Logan Lerman’s ‘Indignation’ Bought by Lionsgate

Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment has bought North American rights to coming-of-age drama “Indignation,” starring Logan Lerman, following its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

The studio paid $2.5 million for “Indignation,” which marks the directorial debut of former Focus Features co-founder and CEO James Schamus.

The film is based on the Phillip Roth novel about a brilliant young Jewish man who escapes his sheltered family life in New Jersey and his job in his father’s butcher shop to attend a small conservative Ohio college in 1951 on a scholarship — exempting him from being drafted into the Korean War. He becomes infatuated with his beautiful classmate (played by Sarah Gadon) and clashes with the college’s dean, portrayed by Tracy Letts.

Linda Emond, Danny Burstein and Ben Rosenfield also star. Producers are Anthony Bregman, Schamus and Rodrigo Teixeira.

CAA arranged the financing and brokered the deal. FilmNation is selling foreign rights.

Schamus has writing credits on “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “The Ice Storm,” and produced “Brokeback Mountain.”

“This may be Schamus’ directorial debut, but he’s no amateur, and his experience — both in cinema and in life — comes through onscreen,” Variety‘s Chief International Film Critic Peter Debruge wrote in his review of “Indignation.”

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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