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movies sold at Sundance 2017

A lot of films that premiere at the Sundance Film Festival are hoping to attract a distributor and find a wider audience, be it in theaters around the country or distributed through digital VOD. Throughout the festival, we will be reporting on all of the movies sold at Sundance 2017. This list should help give you an idea about which movies may someday be available to you either theatrically of VOD. These are the movies sold at Sundance 2017.

Latest update: A24 acquired David Lowery’s A Ghost Story sight unseen, Vertical and Netflix acquired the contained thriller Berlin Syndrome, and A24 acquired the cryptically teased sci-fi short film Toru,.

Previous update: Netflix acquired the documentary Casting JonBenet, Paramount acquired the Al Gore climate change documentary sequel An Inconvenient Sequel, Sony Pictures Classics bought the gay love story Call Me By Your Name.

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the division director

Another video game adaptation, another opening sentence about whether or not this will finally be the one to break the dreaded video game movie curse! At the very least, the upcoming adaptation of The Division is starting to stack itself with talent, first with stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain and now writer/director Stephen Gaghan.

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Sandy Wexler Teaser Trailer

Thanks to his deal at Netflix, we’re getting another Adam Sandler movie this year. Hot on the heels of The Ridiculous 6 and The Do-Over, this time Adam Sander is putting on a goofy voice for his latest character, and he’s also taking us all the way back in 1994.

Sandy Wexler finds Adam Sandler playing the titular man, a talent manager who works in Los Angeles, but doesn’t really seem to fit in with the glitz and glamour the Hollywood scene. You’ll see what I mean in the Sandy Wexler teaser trailer after the jump. Read More »

before i fall trailer

What would Groundhog Day look like if it starred sullen teenagers instead of Bill Murray? It would probably look a lot like Before I Fall, which takes the whole “one person repeats the same day over and over again” template and applies a whole bunch of teen angst. The new trailer has arrived ahead of the film’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, so give it a watch and see what the folks in Park City may be talking about in a few days.

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powerless trailer

The version of Powerless seen in the newest trailer is a big departure from the pilot that screened at Comic-Con last year. Shortly after that presentation, NBC retooled their comedy series about ordinary people living in the DC comic book universe, with Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker stepping in after the departure of original showrunner Ben Queen. A show about the employees of an insurance company specializing in collateral damage caused by superhero brawls became a show about the scientists and engineers who work on technology to protect citizens from those superhero brawls in the first place. Whether or not this change makes for a better show remains to be seen, but you can watch this new footage and start making judgments, should you desire.

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good omens miniseries

Years ago, director/genius Terry Gilliam set out to adapt Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s brilliant novel Good Omens into a feature film starring Robin Williams and Johnny Depp. It never came to pass. Other versions, including a television adaptation by Terry Jones, briefly appeared before vanishing again. But good things sometimes come to those who wait and Amazon and BBC Studios are teaming up to make a Good Omens miniseries for 2018, with Gaiman himself writing every script and serving as showrunner.

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The Best Movies Of Sundance Film Festival History

The Sundance Film Festival isn’t just a film festival, but a look into the future of cinema. As we travel to Park City Utah this year, I thought it would be nice to take a look back at the last 30 years of the festival. Today I begin part one of my two-day, two-part look at the best movies of Sundance Film Festival history. In part one I will focus on the first 15 years of the festival* as the small independent film festival grew into the launching pad for new filmmakers and ground zero for the independent movie boom of the 1990’s.

 

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american crime story lewinsky scandal

2016 ended up, somehow, being the year of the O.J. Simpson trial. While O.J.: Made in America was one of the best documentaries of the year, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was one of the best television shows of the year, with both projects capturing the same material from different (and complementary!) angles. It was a strong start for the latest Ryan Murphy production and if future seasons maintain a similar level of quality, the show as a whole could be an all-timer.

We now know that one future season of American Crime Story will tackle another one of the most infamous moments of the ’90s: the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.

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Guillermo del Toro directing Hellboy 2

The last update we got on Hellboy 3: Don’t get your hopes up. Director Guillermo del Toro has had trouble finding financing for the film, which is bigger in scope compared to the previous Hellboy movies. Hellboy II: The Golden Army got made because a studio head was a fan of del Toro’s and the first movie performed so well on DVD, a market that died around the time the sequel hit home video. Since the movie’s release in 2008, every once in a while del Toro, Ron Perlman, and Hellboy’s creator, Mike Mignola, will discuss the chances of a third installment.

There are no significant or minor developments regarding the project, but del Toro still absolutely wants to make the film and, if enough fans want him to, he’ll meet with Mignola and Perlman to talk about it again.

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Logan poster

Normally, when a studio offers us the chance to preview footage from an upcoming film, we’re treated to a handful of clips. In the case of James Mangold‘s Logan, we saw the entire first act — perhaps 30 or 40 minutes of footage. Such a move speaks to 20th Century Fox’s faith in the film, touted as Hugh Jackman‘s very last performance of Wolverine after 17 years. And based on what we saw, that confidence is well placed.

Mangold’s Logan feels unlike any superhero movie in recent movie, and yet its gritty Western vibe feels perfectly suited to Jackman’s world-weary take on the character. If this really is the last time we’ll see his Wolverine, it seems like a fitting end to his tenure. Read our Logan footage review below.

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