Sundance: The Weinstein Company buys Grace is Gone

Grace is Gone

Okay, I know this might be a little bit late but being on location at sundance leaves us little to no time for news. Grace is Gone is probably the best recieved film at the festival so far. The good news is The Weinstein Company has acquired the film. Check out the press release after the jump.

THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY ACQUIRES “GRACE IS GONE” AT THE SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

January 21, 2006 – The Weinstein Company is pleased to announce that they have acquired worldwide distribution rights to the heartfelt drama GRACE IS GONE starring John Cusack, Alessandro Nivola, Shelan O’Keefe and Gracie Bednarczyk, which made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival.   James C. Strouse wrote the screenplay and makes his directorial debut with GRACE IS GONE.  The film was produced by Cusack’s New Crime Productions and Plum Pictures.  John Cusack, Galt Niederhoffer, Grace Loh, Celine Rattray, Daniela Taplin Lundberg served as producers.  The film is currently screening in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.  The announcement was made today by Harvey Weinstein, co-chairman of The Weinstein Company.

GRACE IS GONE is a heart-wrenching drama about a young father (John Cusack) whose soldier wife has just been killed in Iraq. Rather than tell his two daughters the news, he decides to take them on a cross-country road trip to an amusement park. The story was inspired by a similar trip Strouse made with his older brother and his two children several years ago.

Harvey Weinstein stated, “GRACE IS GONE moved me beyond words by giving the audience a glimpse into the devastating reality that families are facing every day.  John Cusack’s poignant performance blew me away ˆ James has crafted a touching film that will tug at the heartstrings of all moviegoers.”

John Cusack stated, “I’m thrilled to be in business with Harvey again.  Every time Harvey and I have done something together, it’s been a terrific experience. We have a great track record together–and I know what he can do with a movie–so I couldn’t be happier to be working with him and The Weinstein Company on GRACE IS GONE.  I also just did a film called 1408 with Bob Weinstein for Dimension — it will come  out this summer and I’m incredibly proud of it.”

James Strouse stated, “I couldn’t be happier. This was a film made with a lot of love and care and it’s in the right hands to really get out there and connect with people across the country now. The Weinstein company is the perfect place for this film.”

Harvey Weinstein, Michael Cole, co-head of production, and Michelle Krumm, evp of acquisitions and co-productions, negotiated on behalf of The Weinstein Company.  Cinetic Media and WMA represented the filmmakers in negotiations.

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