×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Sundance: Sony Pictures Classics Takes ‘Brigsby Bear’ for $5 Million

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to “Brigsby Bear,” an off-beat comedy with Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, and Greg Kinnear. The film was sold for $5 million, according to insiders.

Brigsby Bear” is the brainchild of “Saturday Night Live’s” Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney. It premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section. The film centers on the creator of a children’s TV show who must deal with the program’s cancellation.

In a largely positive review, Variety’s Geoff Berkshire wrote, “the eccentric, heartfelt curio is sure to attract a cult following.”

There were a number of bidders who were interested in the film, including the Orchard and Netflix, with eOne and Universal International looking at foreign rights. The Lonely Island (“Popstar”), Lord Miller (“21 Jump Street”), and 3311 Productions (“In a World…”) produced the film with YL Pictures.

Sony Pictures Classics is planning a summer release for the movie. The indie label has been busy at this year’s Sundance, snapping up the rights to the gay romance “Call Me by Your Name” and the religious drama “Novitiate.”

Popular on Variety

The deal was negotiated by UTA Independent Film Group and Ian Stratford of Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP, on behalf of the filmmakers. UTA put the pic together — the agency reps “Brigsby Bear’s” writers, directors, and most of the producers.

More Film

  • Australia' s Oscar contender BuoyancyC

    Rod Rathjen on Why Human Trafficking Tale 'Buoyancy' Had to be Made as Fiction

    Australian Rod Rathjen’s first film as director, “Buoyancy” is a powerful dramatization of human trafficking within Thailand’s offshore fishing fleet. Shot largely in Khmer and Thai, and selected as Australia’s foreign-language Oscar contender, it may also be a role model for cultural sensitivity and activism. The film plays this week in competition at the International [...]

  • Bong Joon Ho Talks 'Parasite' on

    'Parasite' Director Bong Joon Ho Makes Late Night Debut Following Three Globe Nominations

    “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho sat down for his first U.S. late-night appearance on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. The director, who received best director and best original screenplay Globen Globe nominations with co-writer Han Jin Won, plus a best foreign language nod Monday morning, did not give much away about the film’s [...]

  • The Cold Blue

    Erik Nelson Wants to Preserve the Past With 'The Cold Blue' World War II Documentary

    Erik Nelson describes his documentary “The Cold Blue” as “the garage band of movies” — he didn’t have the large team or crew other documentary contenders have. “The Cold Blue” is a World War II documentary that looks at raids and B-17 bombing missions that took place during the war. Nelson’s team looked at 34 [...]

  • Ray Manzarek

    Film News Roundup: Concert-Documentary 'The Doors: Break on Thru' Set for February

    In today’s film news roundup, one-night showings of a Ray Manzarek tribute and the season premiere of “Doctor Who” have been set for 2020, and the MPAA hires a copyright expert. ONE-NIGHT SHOWINGS The Doors and Trafalgar Releasing are teaming on the worldwide Feb. 12 release of “The Doors: Break on Thru – A Celebration [...]

  • Richard Jewell

    Warner Bros. Hits Back at Atlanta Paper Over 'Richard Jewell' Legal Threat

    Warner Bros. is standing behind “Richard Jewell,” the Clint Eastwood drama that is the source of controversy over its portrayal of a female journalist trading sex for scoops. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution sent a legal threat to the filmmakers on Monday asking them to include a disclaimer noting that the film took dramatic license. In a [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content