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Amazon Studios Acquires Jenny Slate Sundance Hit ‘Landline’

*This article was first published by TheWrap on 01/24/17. Written by Matt Pressberg*

Sundance 2017: Streaming giant has been an active buyer as expected

Amazon Studios has acquired the U.S. rights to “Landline,” a comedy starring Jenny Slate set in the 1990s, TheWrap has learned. The deal was in the mid-seven figure range, and the film will get a traditional theatrical release.

The film follows two sisters, magazine layout artist Dana (Slate) and high school club kid Ali (Abby Quinn, in a breakout performance), who act out in various — and hilarious — ways in pre-cell phone New York. Edie Falco, John Turturro, Finn Wittrock and Jay Duplass also feature in the movie.

“Landline” is helmed by Gillian Robespierre, who also directed Slate in “Obvious Child.” Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm wrote the screenplay, which is based on a story by Tom Bean.

Slate and Robespierre served as executive producers, along with Rachel Shane, Natalya Petrosova, Lee Jea Woo, Chris Lytton and Charlotte Ubben. The film was produced by Elisabeth Holm, Gigi Pritzker and Russell Levine. Route One Entertainment and OddLot Entertianment, a division of Madison Wells Media who received 4 Oscar nominations today for “Hell or High Water,” were the production companies. The film was shot on location in New York City.

UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal, while Nick Meyer at Sierra/Affinity is selling foreign rights.

“Landline” had its world premiere on Jan. 20, screening in the U.S. Dramatic Competition section of the Sundance Film Festival, where it opened to mostly positive reviews.

The film is Amazon’s second big deal of the festival, after the streaming giant acquired U.S. rights to “The Big Sick,” based on the real-life courtship between star and writer Kumail Nanjiani and co-writer Emily V. Gordon, for $12 million.

“Landline” to premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival

On 12/01/16, the Sundance Film Festival announced the first round of films that will be shown at the upcoming festival in 2017. One of the 66 films chosen so far is “Landline” starring Jenny Slate, Finn Wittrock, and Jay Duplass, among others. “Landline” will make it’s world premiere at the festival, in addition to competing in the “US Dramatic Competition”. This is the first film Finn has been in that is heading to the Sundance Film Festival.

Film synopsis –

“Two sisters come of age in ‘90s New York when they discover their dad’s affair—and it turns out he’s not the only cheater in the family. Everyone still smokes inside, no one has a cell phone and the Jacobs finally connect through lying, cheating and hibachi” – Director: Gillian Robespierre, Screenwriters: Elisabeth Holm, Gillian Robespierre

Finn’s character’s name in the film is Nate, according to his filmography on IMDB.

The 2017 Sundance Film Festival starts on January 19, 2017 and runs through January 29th in Park City, Utah.


NEW PROJECT: Finn Wittrock joins Jenny Slate in Comedy ‘Landline’

BIG NEWS! Finn joined the cast of another movie and it’s a comedy! As you can read below:

Finn Wittrock will join Jenny Slate in her upcoming comedy Landline.

Landline will reunite Slate with the creative duo behind her critically acclaimed indie comedy Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre and Elisabeth Holm. Robespierre and Holm will co-write the family comedy, with Robespierre taking on directing duties.

Along with Slate, the American Horror Story star joins a cast that includes John Turturro, Edie Falco, Jay Duplass and newcomer Abby Quinn.

Landline follows three women of the Jacobs family — teenager Ali (Quinn), older sister Dana (Slate) and mom (Falco) — as they navigate lots of sex, drugs and Japanese food in long-lost New York.

Holm is producing with Gigi Pritzker and Russell Levine for their respective production banners, OddLot Entertainment and Route One Entertainment. OddLot’s Rachel Shane is executive producing.

Wittrock recently appeared in Adam McKay’s Oscar-winning financial crisis film The Big Shortand is a mainstay on Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series American Horror Story. He next will be seen in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash follow-up La La Land, which stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

Wittrock is repped by ICM and Weissenbach.


Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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