Sundance is over, but the deals are still coming. It was a huge year for the films premiering at Sundance.
Amazon paid $13 million and $14 million for Late Night and Brittany Runs a Marathon. They also purchased Shia LaBeouf’s coming-of-age drama Honey Boy for $5 million. Netflix wasn’t quite as busy as Amazon this year, but they did close a deal this week to purchase Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile starring Zac Efron as Ted Bundy.
According to the reports, they acquired the U.S. rights and some international rights to distribute the film for a cool $9 million. They were reportedly battling Lionsgate and STXfilms.
“Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile takes the unique track of telling the Ted Bundy story from the point of view of his longtime girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer, played in the film by Lily Collins. Instead of sensationalizing Bundy’s crimes, the fictional account aims to show how one could feel duped by a loved one, and why reconciling the reported crimes with the man that Liz knew and loved was so difficult.”
No release date has been announced, but sources say Netflix plans to give this movie a prime awards season release date, which means Zac ‘High School Musical’ Efron might be up for an Oscar nomination this time next year. That’s pretty dope.[mashshare]