Amazon Studios Acquires Jenny Slate Sundance Hit ‘Landline’

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.

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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 and Clint Kisker of Madison Wells Media 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.

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Fox Searchlight Buys ‘Patti Cake$’ for $10.5 Million

Fox Searchlight has acquire rights to Geremy Jasper’s debut film “Patti Cake$” following a heated bidding war at the Sundance Film Festival, TheWrap has learned.

The deal was estimated to be worth as much as $10.5 million, though reps for Searchlight deny that figure.

Searchlight beat out several other studios including Lionsgate, Annapurna, and Amazon to land “Patti Cake$,” which has received strong reviews at its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival.

It is the second-biggest purchase at the festival so far this year, only trailing Amazon’s $12 million buy for “The Big Sick.”

“Patti Cake$” stars newcomer Danielle McDonald as the titular rapper and follows her attempts to make it big in New Jersey’s hip-hop underground scene.

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Joining McDonald is a cast largely consisting of unknowns and newcomers, with one exception being Cathy Moriarty, who performed opposite Robert De Niro in “Raging Bull.”

“Patti Cake$” is produced and financed by RT Features. Rodrigo Teixeira produced alongside Michael Gottwald, Noah Stahl, Dan Janvey, Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Chris Columbus. Lourenço Sant’Anna, Sophie Mas, Eleanor Columbus, Josh Penn, Jonathan Bronfman, Lon Molnar and Fernando Fraiha are executive producers.

CAA and WME negotiated the deal.

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‘Patti Cake$’ Spits Rhymes, Beguiles Park City, Readies For Big Time – Sundance Studio

Even yesterday’s epic snow storm in Park City couldn’t stifle the dreams of aspiring rapper Patti Cake$. Geremy Jasper’s so-titled musical odyssey about a Jersey girl chasing hip-hop superstardom premiered on the snowiest and most inhospitable day of the festival in years, but still managed to trigger an overnight bidding war that looks set to land the film at Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million.
Danielle MacDonald plays Patricia Dombrowski, aka Patti Cake$, aka Killa P…